Finance & Career
There is no time like the present to brush up on your interview skills. If you find yourself at home, embrace this time to focus on your strengths. What are your career or employment goals? If your answers do not align with your current employment, perhaps this is a good time to reassess.
The following five tips and strategies can help you achieve your job goals.
Prepare for an Interview
- Research the company: Understanding key information, products, and culture can provide a good foundation of discussion and help you decide if the company will be a good fit.
- Be familiar with the job description and responsibilities; prepare questions you might ask or be asked during the interview.
Highlight Your Skills and Experience
- Share specific training that relates to the position.
- Provide specific information related to your unique skill set.
- Be prepared to discuss the positive experiences of your previous employment. Every employment experience has value,
- Be ready to share examples of your work.
Remember Interview Etiquette
- Dress appropriately for the job. Choose formal business or business casual clothing in neutral colors. Be sure that clothing is clean, neatly pressed and free from stains. Be well-groomed, wear clean shoes, and use little to no perfume.
- Be friendly to everyone. Your interview begins the minute you enter the parking lot.
- Allow the interviewer to invite you in and sit when and where instructed.
- Remember that positive body language is essential: have a firm handshake, smile, maintain eye contact, have correct posture, lean forward in your chair, and keep both feet on the floor.
Answer Tough Questions and Stay Cool Under Pressure
- Recruit a friend or family member and practice your answers aloud.
- Use the STAR method to help organize your thoughts: Situation, Task, Action, Results.
- Build in a pause, practice relaxation by listening carefully to the question, pause to formulate a response, then reply. Refrain from rushing to answer; this could cause undue stress.
- Ask for questions to be repeated or clarified, if needed.
Follow Up after the Interview
- Be prepared to ask specific questions about the position, the responsibilities, and the company.
- Thank the interviewer for his or her time and shake hands.
- Follow up with a handwritten thank-you note.
And remember, you’ve got this!