PREPARING FOR AN IN-PERSON INTERVIEW
THE PRE-INTERVIEW PREPARATION PROCESS
Here are a few preparation tips, interview questions, answers, and actionable steps you can take today to prepare for your upcoming interview.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO AN INTERVIEW?
Your first impression is usually the most important, and it's no different when interviewing for a job. You want to dress appropriately for the position and company you are interviewing with. If you are unsure what to wear, it is usually better to overdress than underdress for an interview.
THE INTERVIEW SETTING - YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION
Drive to the interview location before your interview to be aware of any unforeseen obstacles such as parking, road construction, etc. Plan to arrive 30 minutes before your interview time, and plan on walking to the front desk 15 minutes before your scheduled interview. Print three copies of your resume, project list, references, etc., on high-quality paper. Spend time on the company website, social media pages, and company review sites like Glassdoor.
Look up your interviewer and others at the company in a similar role you are interviewing for on LinkedIn, and see if you have any shared connections, experience, projects, etc. It is essential to make an excellent first impression. Proper preparation and research, dressing appropriately, and being polite and friendly to everyone you meet. Proper preparation and research, dressing appropriately, and being polite and friendly to everyone you meet will ensure a good first impression.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF THEY WANT TO SCHEDULE AN INTERVIEW WITH ME ON SHORT NOTICE?
There are many types of interview questions you want to be ready for. These range from typical in-person interview questions to more unusual ones. Here are some of the most common ones, sit down and practice your answers for a greater chance of success in your interview.
● What is your greatest weakness?
● What is your greatest strength?
● Where do you see yourself in five years?
● Why should we hire you?
● Why are you leaving your current job?
● What would your previous boss say about you?
● Would you rather work with others or independently?
● What kinds of things do you like to do outside of work/school/family time?
● What is your target salary?
WHAT COMMON MISTAKES DO PEOPLE MAKE WHEN PREPARING FOR AN IN-PERSON INTERVIEW?
Preparing for an in-person interview can be difficult and time consuming, especially if you are not used to it. You should know what to expect and how to behave when being interviewed. Here are some common mistakes that people make when preparing for an in-person interview:
● Not practicing the answers to typical questions (see above)
● Not being able to answer basic questions about yourself
● Being unprepared for behavioral interviewing
● Being too nervous and not confident enough
● Wearing too much perfume or cologne.
● Showing up late
IN-PERSON INTERVIEW SUCCESS
There's a lot that goes into scoring an interview and succeeding, but if you prepare with our tips above, you should feel a lot more confident and ready to attend your in-person interview.
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