First of all, congratulations if you have secured an interview! If you are still looking for a job, it’s definitely out there, keep going, I know it’s not an easy journey. If you already have a job that you are happy with and are reading this, I truly appreciate your support! I have been through several different types of interviews in my life and have come up with some tips on how to prepare for an interview, some of the most common interview questions I’ve been asked, and tips during the actual interview. Here we go!
When you have found out that you have an interview it elicits many emotions: fear, excitement, happiness, nervousness, etc. To ease the not-so-pleasant emotions of interviewing, it can help your anxiety by being prepared and having a general idea of what to expect. As with most things that life has to offer, not every experience is going to be the same. These are tips that I have discovered that have helped me and hopefully you too!
When preparing for your interview, it’s a good idea to come up with a list of questions to ask the company that you are interviewing with, this shows interest and drive. Visit the company’s website to learn more information about them and get a better understanding of what they do, it is a true benefit to have basic knowledge of the company. Pick out your interview outfit! It’s best to dress to impress and it will help boost your self-confidence. When you look your best, it also helps you feel your best.
Before you go to your interview, consider going for walk, meditate, call a family member or friend, even journal to release some emotions.
During the interview try your best to be relaxed. I know that’s difficult! Let your confidence shine! Just be you, remember that the company already likes you, or they wouldn’t have asked you to come in for an interview. During the interviews that I have had, most of the time the individual interviewing was taking notes and not staring directly at me, this took some of the edge off. Since you have made preparations for your interview, you are likely to feel more at ease.
In hopes to help you even further, here are a list of common interview questions that I have been asked:
- What are your best qualities?
- What areas can you improve on?
- Why have you chosen this job?
- What skills do you have that you can apply here?
- Can you name a time when…? (Situational questions)
- If your boss told you to do x, y, and z, but you felt it was wrong, what would you do?
- What would your past employers say about you? (If applicable)
- What do you know about our company?
- How would you describe yourself and what are your future goals?
- What would your ideal job be?
Thank you for reading and best of luck to you!!