Job interviews can be quite nerve wracking, but if you plan and prepare appropriately, you will do just fine! Just as a resume is a first impression of your skills and experience, a job interview will provide an employer with a first impression of you as a person. There are some things to keep in mind as you prepare for a job interview.
1. Don't be late! Even if your job interview is online, be early.
2. Do your research. What does the company, business or organisation stand for? What kind of work do they do? What is their history? Try and find as much information on the place you are interviewing at, the 'About Us' section on their website is a great place to start.
3. Dress appropriately for the job you are applying for. This is where research is important. Are they casual? Do they dress business casual? Are they formal? You do not want to come under dressed and even being over dressed won't necessarily leave a great impression.
4. Non-Verbal Communication. Make eye contact with the interviewer. Try and control any nervous behaviour (hair twirling, leg tapping, nail biting, etc.), this is easier said than done, but try as best you can. Act confident and interested..
5. Act professionally. Don't swear. Turn off your phone or at least turn it to silent. Address the interviewer as Mr. or Mrs/Ms/Miss. and their last name, until they indicate it is acceptable to refer to them by their first name or something else. Avoid speaking poorly of a past employer or coworker. Don't talk over the interviewer.
6. Come prepared. If applicable, be sure to bring extra copies of your resume, your portfolio if you have one or samples of previous work. Ask a friend or family member to do a practice interview with you and prepare answers to questions you may be asked. Typical job interview questions:
- Tell me about yourself?
- Tell me about a time you have dealt with conflict in the workplace. How did you resolve it?
- Why are you interested in this job?
- Why are you the best candidate for the job?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- What are your biggest weaknesses?
- Do you have any questions for me?
These questions are universal and are asked in interviews at all levels. The interviewer will ask other questions or different variations of these questions, but you can generally expect to answer questions like this at any job you interview for. These are entry level questions, but are also questions asked to individuals applying for senior level positions.
7. Follow up. Finish the interview by thanking the interviewer for their time and asking when you can expect to hear from them. A few days after an interview, consider sending an email or calling the interviewer and thanking them again. If you don't hear back from them in the time frame they indicated, don't hesitate to reach out again and inquire.
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