All the Basic Interview tips that experienced people forget about Whether it’s been a while since you’ve had an interview, you’re switching careers, or you are just having a total blank, you might need a bit of a reminder on how to prepare for one. So, to help you do just that, I’ve broken the process down so you know exactly what you need to do to nail every single step.
3 problem-solving questions you'll get in an interview-and how to answer each one Over the course of your interview, the hiring manager needs to figure out a few things. She needs to get a better sense of how your skills and experience line up with the open role. She needs to figure out how likely you are to fit in with your prospective teammates. And she needs to find out how sharp your problem-solving techniques are in an effort to figure out if you’re truly someone who “thinks on his feet.”
Here's why "sell yourself" is the worst interview advice you'll get Sell yourself. It’s probably advice someone gave you very early on how to nail a job interview. And to some degree, it’s true. Your goal is to convince a company that you’d be great at whatever gig you’re hoping to do.
3 steps to successfully mock interviewing yourself (with minimal awkwardness) If you’re reading this article, you’re probably preparing for an interview. You’ve probably also heard that mock interviewing is one of the best ways to do that. More specifically, you may be interested in actually doing this but are struggling to find a friend who will help you out right now.
3 totally appropriate ways to find-and impress-the hiring manager You’ve just hit “send” on an online application. And now all you can do is wait. Or is it? What if you could increase the odds of being invited in for a job interview-potentially by a large margin-by adding just one step to your overall job search process? Hey, everyone! Good news. You can. And here’s that magical step: Find and endear yourself to the hiring manager at the company you just applied to work for. Sound super scary? It does for a lot of people—so much so that they never even try to get to a key decision maker when taking a run at a new job; they just apply online and hope for the best.
5 realistic ways to build up your confidence right before an interview Heading into a big interview can be terrifying, not unlike the feeling I’d imagine you’d have if you were about to jump out of a plane for the first time ever. Of course, there's little risk of actual death (unless, of course, you're improbably applying for head coach at lion-taming school), but it’s nonetheless an anxiety-producing scenario. Summon your self-confidence and conjure your courage in five easy ways.
4 moves you didn't realize make you look unprofessional in an interview By this point, you know not to apply to any jobs with an email address that screams, “I created this in the eighth grade!” So, you’re no longer Lovescats11@aol.com as far as your prospective employers are concerned. You also know not to show up late for the interview. And you have a firm grasp on the importance of making eye contact and delivering a solid handshake.
3 steps for answering “Why do you want this job?” Like the dreaded “Tell me about yourself,” the question, “Why are you interested in this position?” is sure to come up in an interview. And, even if it doesn’t, if you want the job you should get this sentiment across regardless. So, really, there’s no way around figuring out how to string together a coherent thought about why this being in this position makes sense for you (and for the company).
How to convince an employer to take a chance on you (and ignore the more qualified candidates) “Just take a chance on me.” It was a common line in my cover letters a few years ago, when I was desperate to make the switch out of management and into marketing—without a related degree or experience. Even so, I was so sure that if the employer just gave me a chance, he or she wouldn’t regret it. But when an employer has a pool of fully qualified candidates, why would he or she take a chance on someone who’s on the edge of meeting the job requirements?
3 times your Thank you note could make the difference in whether or not you get the job You know you need to write a thank you note after an interview. It’s just one of those things you’re supposed to do-like research the company in advance and come prepared with questions.