We all know being well prepared helps reduce stress in any situation and the same can be said for job interviews. Preparedness is also likely to help you land the job. So, beyond applying for fitting roles and researching the companies you are approaching, here are three ways to make sure you have a successful interview.
First impressions are everything. You are not going to want to risk arriving late and disheveled, so print out your resume and pick out an appropriate outfit ahead of time. Double-check the company address to make sure you know where you are going and how to get there so you can plan to arrive approximately 10 minutes early.
There are a handful of questions that are almost guaranteed to come up in your first interview. While it is unnecessary to script out an answer, it is best to have a general idea of how you will respond to questions about yourself and your experience. The goal is to come off as relaxed but prepared. If you are new to interviewing, here are five of the most common interview questions.
The average company will want to get the most out of your first interview before investing more time and money into the hiring process. Because of this, they may throw you some questions you were not expecting so early in the game. For instance, be prepared with an explanation for holes in your resume and your reasons for leaving previous jobs and employers. Something else to prepare for? At this point, many companies are trying out non-traditional interview methods, like personality testing, skill assessments, and job auditions. Do not overthink these unconventional methods, as they are good for both the candidate and the employer, and help ensure you are the right fit for the company culture.
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