5 Tips for Nailing Your Job Interview

Updated: Sep 28, 2020

Okay, so you just got an interview with your dream company. What next? The first thing you should do is to thoroughly research the company you applied to. It is very important that you walk into your interview with a strong knowledge of the company and the role you are applying for. Having this knowledge will help you tailor your answers to specific requirements for the role and key values of the company.

Tip 1: Know the Role

Before you go into an interview, be sure you have read the job description thoroughly and understand the responsibilities expected of you in the role. The better you understand the role, the easier it will be to ask insightful questions during the interview. It will also help you to understand what your daily responsibilities will be.

Tip 2: The Product

You will need to deeply understand the product mix that your company makes and promotes. It is not very important to know the technical specifications and details of your company’s products, but you should understand the important things your company values, produces, or sells.

Tip 3: Prepare Answers to Common Questions

The interview question “Tell me about yourself” has been around for decades and is unlikely to disappear anytime soon. While this can seem like an intimidating question, it is actually quite easy to answer with just a little bit of time and preparation. When answering these questions, it is important to be specific and honest, but be careful not to overthink your response.

Tip 4: Know How to Sell Yourself

To many people, the idea of selling yourself can sound a lot like bragging and boasting about your skills, jobs, and accomplishments. However, if done in the right way, you can discuss these accomplishments and experiences without sounding braggadocious. When preparing for your interview, you want to focus on how your current skill set will translate to your new role, and how your skills can benefit the company.

Tip 5: Do Mock Interviews

As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect. It is nearly impossible to succeed in an interview if you do not practice your answers out loud. Grab somebody you are comfortable speaking in front of and ask them to participate in your mock interview. This way, you get experience in an interview situation while also getting the opportunity to fine tune your answers. Doing this will help you eliminate anything in your answers that sounds awkward or out of place.

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