Interview Tips: Before, During, and After
Before the interview
Research the company and interviewer: Learn as much as you can about the company’s mission, values, culture, and recent news or developments. Look up the interviewer on LinkedIn to see their background and professional interests.
Know the location and route: Make sure you know how to get to the interview location, and plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes early to allow for unexpected delays.
Envision your interview and conduct mock interviews: Imagine the questions you may be asked and practice answering them with a friend or family member. This will help you feel more confident and articulate during the actual interview.
Have basic questions ready to answer: Review common interview questions and prepare concise answers that highlight your skills, experiences, and achievements. Be sure to emphasize how you can improve systems or follow procedures in the new role.
Be able to demonstrate skills and strengths through previous real-life examples: Use specific examples from your past experiences to showcase your abilities and demonstrate how you have handled challenges or achieved success.
Be ready to refute any shortcomings or disqualifications: Identify any potential weaknesses or gaps in your resume, and prepare to explain how you have addressed or overcome them. Show that you are proactive and willing to learn and grow.
If you have any gaps in your experience or resume, be sure to have a solid reason the company should still hire you: Highlight transferable skills or relevant experience that can make up for any gaps, and demonstrate your passion for the industry and the company.
During the interview
Dress to impress, and pay attention to grooming and hygiene: Make a positive first impression by dressing professionally and neatly, and ensure that your hair and makeup are appropriate and clean.
Ensure your energy levels will be optimal for your interview: Get enough sleep, eat a healthy meal, and avoid caffeine or alcohol before the interview. Stay calm and focused, and maintain a positive attitude throughout the interview.
Get your mindset ready: Visualize success and focus on your strengths and achievements. Remind yourself why you are a good fit for the job, and approach the interview with confidence and enthusiasm.
Be grateful/positive for the company giving you an opportunity to learn more about the position: Show your appreciation for the interviewer’s time and interest, and express your excitement about the potential opportunity to join the company.
Engage/Respect all the employees you interact with: Be courteous and respectful to everyone you meet during the interview process, from the receptionist to the hiring manager. Demonstrate your professionalism and people skills.
Be ready to learn: Ask thoughtful questions and actively listen to the interviewer’s responses. Show your curiosity and eagerness to learn more about the company and the job responsibilities.
After the interview
Thank the employer/interviewer for their time: Send a follow-up email or handwritten note to express your gratitude for the opportunity to interview and reiterate your interest in the position.
Ask questions after the interview is over, be human! Follow up and keep in touch: If you have any additional questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to the interviewer or HR representative. Keep in touch and show your continued interest in the company and the role.
Self-evaluate your interview and write notes about yourself and your experience: Reflect on your performance during the interview and identify areas for improvement or further preparation. Write down your thoughts and feedback, and use this information to refine your interview skills for future opportunities.
Prepare references: Have a list of professional references ready to share with the company, and ensure that these individuals are aware of the potential reference requests. Make sure to thank them!