When Preparing for an Interview

When Preparing for an Interview

  • March 18, 2017
“The idea of an interview is pretty scary, especially if it’s your first, your whole future with a company can be decided through the outcome of this single interaction. Here are a few good ways to make sure you’re as prepared as possible:

1) Know your employer:
The first thing potential employers are looking for aren’t good grades and big names, they’re simply looking for someone who knows what they’re doing. This also goes for those applying to their first job, the best way to ensure giving off that impression is to study-up on your employer’s history (company history past projects and ongoing ones) as well as the position you’re applying for. Not only does this method ensure showing your future-boss that you know your stuff but it also helps you find out what you might be getting yourself into.

2) Keep the conversation interesting:
At the end of the day, an interview is just a discussion with another human being, and as far as these go a boring interaction won’t leave much of a good first-impression. Make sure you keep your interviewer entertained by showing up with a series of thought provoking questions about the field you’re going into; these can be asked during moments where you feel like your interviewer has lost interest or when they do fit well in the conversation. Asking questions like this also makes your interviewer feel like you’re applying because you’re genuinely interested in what the company does to potentially take it even further!

3) Give the formalities their importance:

Although it might seem like a given, dressing correctly and showing the company that you respect every part of the process will help give a strong first impression. Another part of the formalities are the usual questions one would get at an interview: “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” “Why did you choose our company?” Giving a well thought-out answer to these questions show that you value the interviewing process and have a professional attitude despite the circumstances.

4) Be honest:

Honesty is a key quality to look for in anyone, and you can show how honest you are at an interview when asked a question to which you don’t know the answer: simply state that you are not well documented for this particular case but that you are curious to know more about it, you can even ask your interviewer himself to enlighten you on the subject. This will leave a much better impression than attempting to make up an answer so you don’t lose face, your interviewer might even respect you more for it!

5) End it well:
Ending an interview well means preserving the professional and well reserved attitude you’ve had throughout the whole process: keeping your head held high and giving a firm confident handshake go a long way! Keep in mind that an interview only ends when your potential employer gives you feedback, at the end of the interaction thank your interviewer for the opportunity and ask when you would be able to expect an answer from them. If your employer does not reply within the given dates, sending a courteous email (thanking them yet again for the opportunity) all while asking about feedback is the appropriate course of action.

In the end remember that academics, grades and attitude are very important factors, but it also comes down to how interesting of a person you are, so go ahead and show your future employer how awesome you are!

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