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Tips For Interviews

Interviewing for a job can be nerve racking for many people. You want to be able to present confidence and stand out from the rest of potential candidates in a positive way. Potential employers interview multiple if not several candidates, so what can you do to provide that “wow” factor and be memorable? Employers usually are looking for more than someone who is just capable of doing the job, they want someone who will add value and be an asset to their team. 

1. With the convenience of modern day technology many employers (if not most) have applications online, and conduct interviews online. Asking questions and for additional details is a key tool in preparing for that digital interview. Ask what format they will be utilizing? Inquire if the interview will be audio only, audio and video, or even recorded. Zoom is a popular choice for many to connect, but it’s always good to verify in advance what platform they will be using. If it’s a platform you’re not familiar with, this gives you the opportunity to download it ahead of time and become familiar with how it works.

Do a trial run on your online device in advance to make sure it’s compatible and operating properly. Be sure that you have a space with a strong internet connection to prevent any lagging or loss of connection before your interview.

2. Online or in person, dress professionally and appropriately for your interview. Look presentable. A useful tip is to wear solid colors for the interview. Clothes with stripes, shapes, or various patterns can look bad or be distracting from looking at your face and what you’re saying. For online interviews it’s recommended to still wear shoes, it helps you step into “professional mindset or thinking”. Dress for success!

3. As silly as it may feel, take time to practice for your interview. Think about the kinds of questions you may be asked, and what your best answer is. Practice in front of a mirror or camera, this will help you notice your body language and amount of movement. You don’t want to display nervous behavior or too much movement. Too much movement can be seen as exaggerated or distracting on camera. You want to be confident and comfortable.

Make eye contact or look directly into the camera to show you’re engaged in the conversation. Sitting straight shows confidence and interest to your interviewer.

4. For online interviews, make sure to limit any distractions. Figure out ahead of time where you can do your interview. That space should have little to nothing in it, this prevents you or the interviewer from being distracted. Before the interview, be sure this space is quiet, turn off notifications on your phone, computer, or other devices. If you have pets, make sure they can not enter your interviewing space. You don’t want the cat crossing the desk or dog passing your camera view, this will not be seen seriously in the eyes of the interviewer.

5. Take notes & bring notes! It’s good to take a few notes during an interview to show your interest, and for you to keep from forgetting main points of the interview. You can also note questions that you think the interviewer may ask, and have a few notes on your answers to help with your confidence in the real one. Make sure those notes are right in front of you so it doesn’t look obvious that you’re reading from somewhere. Having some noted questions for your interviewer is an excellent idea as well. An interview isn’t just one way, you are also looking to find out if this employer and job is what you’re looking for as well. Look at the company website and social media to help find some potential questions you may have. Ask questions that you have about the company or position you’re applying for. Ask about things you want or need to know. Chances are you’ll impress your interviewer on being inquisitive, and potentially leave the door open for additional communication.

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