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How to Ace Your Next Interview

As someone who has been on the recruiting side and has sat through hundreds of interviews, I often wondered, “why does interviewing feel so awkward?”, “what does it take for a candidate to advance to the next step” and “why do some candidates get the Dear John letter and others get an offer letter?”. So, I’ve identified a few actionable steps to help you ace your next interview.

Research the Company.

This helps demonstrate your interest in the company, which helps create a positive impression on the interviewer. Going to an interview without knowing anything about the company or only knowing a small amount can give the impression that you’re not all that interested in working there. The employer’s website or social media is an excellent place where you can dig up details. And if you really want to stand out, I recommend looking up the company’s core values and speaking to them during an interview; It’s a quick, easy, and effective way to impress HR. It also allows you to understand the company and its culture.

Or research recent achievements of the company. Peek through the new pages of the company, which shows recent news releases, or see if the company has posted any news articles on its social media feed. Another great option is Google. Aka, your best friend while researching a company; It’s amazing what you can find with a quick google search. Whatever you do, do your research on the company.

Research the Role.

This helps you to tailor your answers to best suit the position you are applying for. The job description/posting is the easiest and best way to research a role. A job description is a snapshot of the role and your secret weapon to acing the interview. The company is handing you what they are looking for on a silver platter. You can easily understand how you should be selling yourself during an interview. I know job descriptions can be a bit overwhelming, but they tend to have common elements that you can pull out. So, don’t get caught up on remembering every word; keep an out for the skills aligned with your strengths and focus on those.

Practice Common Interview Questions.

Practicing those common interview questions like “Tell me about yourself,” “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” or “Why should we hire you?” is essential because it helps candidates feel more confident and comfortable during the actual interview. It will help you speak more naturally and feel less awkward.

For more tips and tricks on how to ace the most common interview questions and the best way to answer them, check out this article The most common interview questions & the best way to answer them (nimohr.com)

Be Personable.

You don’t have to be best friends forever with the person interviewing you; make sure to show them that you’re likable and have excellent interpersonal skills. After all, hiring managers hire people whom they can see themselves working with. Sure, employers want to know that you are qualified for the job, but they also want to know that you will fit in with the rest of the team and complement the company culture. First impressions are essential, so be friendly and engaged and say hi to each person you meet with a smile. Also, don’t be afraid to show your sense of humor. And finally, stay positive. When answering questions, don’t dwell on your negative experiences; instead, focus on the positive side.

If you want to elevate your interviewing skills, please get in touch with NimoHR for interview preparation sessions. Other services include but are not limited to resume writing services and cover letter writing. Or feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

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