Interview Handbook: Preparing For Interviews

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Wondering about the best way to gear up for an upcoming interview? Look no further – we’re here to assist you every step of the way! Whether you’re facing a traditional in-person interview, a virtual meeting, or a technical interview, we’ve got you covered with valuable insights and guidance. Our comprehensive range of tips caters to all types of interviews, ensuring you’re well-equipped to shine regardless of the format. So, let’s jump right in and explore these expert strategies that will empower you to approach your interview with confidence and a competitive edge.

For All Interviews:

  • Arrive early, but not too early. Don’t go into the office or virtual waiting room more than 5 minutes before the interview time.
  • Answer questions concisely. Once you’ve answered the question, stop talking. If you are unsure, ask if you adequately answered their question.
  • Be honest about any key skills or experience you may not have yet and the possibility of acquiring those new skills and experiences.
  • Listen closely to the interviewer’s questions and give thoughtful, direct answers. If you don’t understand a question, ask for clarification.
  • Express interest in the opportunity to interview and learn more about the job and the company.
  • Ask the questions you prepared ahead of time and any questions that come up during the interview.
  • Have a note pad and your resume nearby for quick reference.
  • Use the STAR method to describe what you’ve accomplished. See this blog post for more details.
    • SITUATION – Describe context
    • TASK – Explain your objective or responsibility
    • ACTION – Detail the actions taken
    • RESULT – Share the outcome or impact your actions achieved

For Virtual Interviews:

  • Test run your tech to ensure camera, headphones, internet connection, and microphone are working.
  • Log in 2 minutes early so you’re ready to go at the start of the interview time.
  • Be in a quiet room with good reception. Close any doors and windows. Ask family or roommates to avoid interruptions and noise. Move pets to another room.
  • Choose a neutral, uncluttered background or use a background filter.
  • Make sure your camera is clean and at or just above eye level.

For Technical Interviews:

  • The technical interview is about how you collaborate and go about solving problems. It is not a college exam where there’s only one right answer.
  • Ask questions! Clarify what you are solving for before you start working toward a solution.
  • If you get stuck, talk through what you’re thinking and ask if you’re on the right track. Then continue to work through the scenario.

In conclusion, preparing for interviews doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these tips for various interview formats – from traditional to virtual and technical – you can approach the process with assurance. Take advantage of our expert strategies to enhance your interview performance and seize the opportunities that lie ahead.

If you’re looking for more interviewing tips, check out our Interview Handbook.


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