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Tip 5: How to impress your interviewer

Congratulations! You have made it to the final round. There is a saying that the first 30 seconds count. Research shows the first 30 seconds of an interview often determine whether a person gets hired or not. It does no harm to remember this.

Prior to the interview, please research the organization and show what you know to the interviewer. This is very important as you need to demonstrate your interest in the organization, but do not just run through all the facts.

Quick tips during the interview:

  • Stay calm – It’s essential to stay calm during the interview. Make sure that you are not too nervous and maintain eye contact with the interviewer
  • Introduce your previous experience – At the beginning of the interview you should introduce yourself and details about your previous experience, especially if these are relevant to the position for which you have applied. Please review your CV before your interview and practice how you will respond to any potential questions about the details you’ve provided. Don’t forget to share any accomplishments that are related to the role you are applying for
  • Answers the questions using real examples – Use real cases or examples to answer questions. Don’t answer them in a general way (e.g. "I did such and such a project"). You can consider showing you understand the organization's values by speaking directly to how you’d approach particular problems or situations through the lens of those values
  • Be curious – Ask questions before the interview closes, but think before you ask. It’s always good if you can think of 1-2 questions to ask the interviewer before the closing, such as: What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this job?
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