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Preparing for interviews is serious business. But even if you practise, and practise, and practise, you could still get a question you just don't know how to answer. Whether it's a technical question on something you've never heard of before or just something completely unexpected, a question that stumps you can really throw off the pacing of the conversation and leave you a bit shaken up.
I have vivid memories from my hiring days of going through applications for various roles and finding that one person who decided to submit an application for every single one. It happened more than you'd think — and honestly, it happened more than even I anticipated when I was new to recruiting. However, as I started reviewing more and more resumes, one thing became apparent: Somewhere out there is a person who is apparently telling people that the best way to get an employer's attention is to apply for as many of their openings as humanly possible.
Congratulations! Your carefully crafted cover letter has managed to impress, your CV has demonstrated that you have relevant skills and experience, and you've been invited to an interview with your prospective employer in two days' time. While you've already thought about whether you might be a good fit when you applied for the role, now is the time to reassess the reasons why you want the role and take the time to thoroughly prepare your case.
Unfortunately life doesn't stop when you're preparing for an interview. In the midst of a hectic schedule, what are the three most important things you need to do when preparing for that crucial discussion, within only a short window of time? Read on to find out.
Every part of the interview process can feel tenuous. Here are a few thoughts I've had during interviews which I'm willing to bet have crossed your mind at some point, too: If I wear the wrong outfit to the first interview, I'll get made fun of relentlessly. If I say something stupid during my final interview, the jig will be up — and nobody will ever hire me. And if my references don't come through with glowing reviews, all the hard work I've done to get to this stage will be wasted.
A job interview is supposed to be a two-way street, a conversation between you and a potential employer, to make sure you're a fit for each other. That also means there are some things you should remember about your interviewers when you walk in that would normally go unstated. Here are a few of them.
You know you're nearing the final stretch of an interview process (and that it's looking good for you) when a potential employer asks for references. If you're not prepared, though, you might be left scrambling at the last minute to find a good reference. Who do you ask and what's the best way to reach out?
Job interviews are hard enough considering you have to showcase your skills and experience, and impress your interviewer with them. What you don't want to do is come off like you're reading from a script, so Glassdoor suggests avoiding these played out, oft-repeated interviewee lines that everyone's heard before.
Whether you've been interviewed over one million times or can count on one hand how many times you've been face-to-face with a hiring manager, the process is always stressful. Not only are you trying your hardest to present the very best version of yourself, you're also attempting to read your audience and gather as much information as you can about the role, the company culture and the organisation itself. No pressure.