Aug 07, 2018 - 02:44 PM
For example, talk about special awards or recognition you've received for work relevant to the position. Show your abilities in action with specific examples and concrete facts, such as statistics and percentages. Don't forget to include soft skills, such as how you supported your coworkers and increased efficiency during a pay period by increasing solidarity amount your team.
As you work to distinguish yourself, take care to avoid some common mistakes. You don’t want to come across as arrogant, so stick to facts to improve your image. As you share your achievements, avoid putting others down. It's a better tactic to discuss how you've gotten ahead than to describe what others have done wrong. Also, avoid rambling or straying off topic. Instead, keep your answer focused, pack it with relevant information, and keep it concise.
Remember that hiring managers conduct interviews to make sure you are a good fit for their company. Stay positive as you focus on delivering useful answers. Find more interview tips here.
Jan 17, 2019 - 02:19 PM
Let’s dive deeper on wardrobe. Just because the company is business casual does not mean you should show up to the interview in jeans. You are trying to make a positive first impression. Bring physical copies of your resume to the interview. Do not presume the interviewer has a copy of your resume handy. The interviewer will likely have a copy, but you never know. Bring clean copies of your resume in a folder of some kind to keep the documents in pristine condition.
Show up to the interview about 15 minutes early, which will give you time to go to the restroom and make sure that you are "put together." Being late or arriving precisely on the nose will not provide you with enough time to compose yourself, and you will feel rushed (which is the last feeling you want to encounter on the day of an interview). Do not under any circumstances behave rudely to the receptionist or anyone else (this is a good life rule of thumb as well). If you behave in a manner that is unbecoming, you don’t have to worry about whether you will be contacted for another round of interviews; you won’t be.
During the interview make good eye contact, don’t answer questions that are not asked of you, and provide clear and succinct responses to the questions. Do not fidget or wiggle around. Remain composed. There is no reason to be nervous; it’s a conversation, not a prison sentence. Ask questions. Under no circumstances should you leave the interview without asking a few good questions of the interviewer. Make sure you follow up with a thank-you note to express your continued interested in the role, and briefly recap why you would make an excellent addition to the team. Aim to send the thank-you note out on the same day of the interview (after the interview is over, of course). Often, candidates forget to send thank-you notes after an interview, so this is a great way to set yourself apart from the competition.
Also, get prepped on how to answer some of the most common questions you can expect in any job interview.