How to prepare for a job interview?
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If you think that the interview is just about professional knowledge and hard skills, I suggest reading the most important tips that I have prepared for you, so that your next meeting with a potential employer doesn't turn into a stressful experience :)
- (5 minutes) Dedicate five minutes of your time to find information about a company. Find out about the company's line of business, corporate culture, and values. No one expects you to be an expert in all matters, but having no knowledge about the company gives an impression that you do not really care. No one wants to hire a person who is indifferent.
Praise to Larry Page for Google and Mark Zuckerberg for Facebook – it will help you with answering all your questions :)
- (3 minutes) Determine several main aspects of a company that appeal to you. To do so, use information that you have found earlier.
- (4 minutes) Think of the reasons why are you looking for a job. Sometimes companies are willing to hire a candidate with a lower level of knowledge but a more logical explanation of one's career changes. That is why do not forget about the question "why are you looking for a job" when preparing for an interview.
- (3 minutes) Read your CV. Be prepared to explain job changes and describe your previous roles and responsibilities. During the interview, try to BRIEFLY tell about your background. Make the most emphasis on your latest or the most important experience.
P.S. After spending 15 minutes, you will be 70% ready for an interview.
- Interviewers love specific examples and situations, so think about your greatest accomplishments and failures during your previous experience. It is also common to talk about the weaknesses or failures – they happen to everyone. The main thing is to draw the conclusions.
- Avoid negative feedbacks about your current or previous employer, as this always raises red flags and creates a sense of conflict. Try to answer the questions in a positive way. The phrase “I don't like my colleagues” could always be changed to “I would like to find a more friendly and understanding team”.
- Keep calm even if you cannot answer some technical questions. Interviewers will try to find out the limits of your knowledge, so they will always have up their sleeve some questions that you do not have the answer for :) Try to answer them yourself, or by asking additional questions to show your logic of thinking. Honesty and thoughtfulness are sometimes more important than one correct answer.
- Be sure to ask about the aspects that you are interested in at the end of the meeting. This will allow you to choose the best company and give the employer an understanding that you are making a well-thought choice, and not just agreeing to the first best offer. Be sure to ask the interviewers their personal opinion about the company, about vacant position, responsibilities, etc.
- Do not ask for a feedback right after the interview. Give interviewers some time to reflect and discuss everything together.
Remember that motivation, interest, and the WAY you think and answer the questions is just as important as your CV and knowledge.