- Avoid scheduling interviews on Mondays, Fridays, early mornings, or late afternoons. This way you avoid a hiring manager’s busy early mornings, lunch hours, rushed afternoons, etc. According to Glassdoor, a popular recruiting site, the best time for an interview is Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
- Be sure to dress comfortably for your interview, but dress professionally. Get yourself a small portfolio and ditch the string bag or backpack. If you don’t have a portfolio, at least keep paperwork like your resumes in a folder.
- You would be surprised how many candidates are asked, “Do you know what we do here?” and say “No.” Don’t be the candidate who just shows up looking for a job. Check out the company’s website. Take notes. Go in ready to answer and ask knowledgeable questions.
- Be prepared to tell the hiring manager about yourself without rambling too long. Avoid boring stories about your education and job history. When sharing experiences, be relatable. Let the hiring manager see you’re not just a professional, you’re a person too.
- Get ready to answer the dreaded question about your weaknesses. Avoid, “I work too hard” or “I’m too much of a perfectionist.” No hiring manager is going to fall for it. Talk about a genuine fault – like a lack of computer literacy – but go into how you’re overcoming it and the steps you’ve taken to do so.
- Make sure that when you talk about your skills, you always supply an example. There will be questions that deal with your expected role with the company, and you should have strong strategic examples of similar experiences. Be concise and straightforward, staying on point.
- At the end of the interview, when asked if you have any questions, do not say “No.” Having questions shows you are truly interested in the company and the position. While researching, jot down a few questions or interesting points and bring them with you to the interview.
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