Ten Interview Tips (Plus Help For Techies)

24
Aug,2016

Want tips to really impress at your next interview? According to Forbes, it only takes seven seconds upon meeting someone to have your initial impressions of each other. Here are ten helpful tips and reminders to freshen up your interview skills and knowledge. Be someone you want to meet and hire!

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Tips and Reminders

5 Interview Tips That Will Help You Prepare

  1. 1. Use a professional email address on your resume and for your contact info. In many instances, your email address can serve as your first impression to employers, and it can make the difference in whether or not they decide to contact you. (E.g. johnsmith@gmail.com)
  2. 2. Proofread your resume for any spelling errors and grammar mistakes. Take that extra minute to ensure that your resume is perfect and ready to go!
  3. 3. Be presentable. Wear professional attire when appropriate and ensure that you are well groomed.
  4. 4. Do your homework. Research the company beforehand and learn about the employer. Show that you are genuinely interested and passionate about the role.
  5. 5. Practice and come prepared for any behavioral or technical questions they may have. Use concrete examples from your previous work experiences to showcase your skills and knowledge.

5 Interview Tips To Create A Good Impression

  1. 1. Don’t be afraid to show your personality. Be yourself and be confident! Take that extra step to give the interviewer a firm handshake upon meeting and after the interview. Also, be sure to make sufficient eye contact with them as well. A helpful tip from Forbes is to make a habit of noticing the eye color of everyone you interact with in order to improve your eye contact.
  2. 2. Have good posture and body language. This can be a strong implication of either interest or disinterest in the role.
  3. 3. Focus and communicate on both what you have to offer and what you want to learn or gain from this opportunity. Just as you would contribute value to the company, your potential employer will also contribute value to you.
  4. 4. Know and value your strengths! Avoid trying to fit a mold with every employer you meet and encounter. Show what you have to offer and commit to it.
  5. 5. Take initiative. Set yourself apart from the other candidates, and show that you would make a great addition to their team. Don’t be afraid to assert your enthusiasm and interest for the job!

Plus 5 Interview Tips for Responding To Technical Questions

  1. 1. Be direct and concise with your answers. Provide a clear framework of relevant information that exemplifies your skills and knowledge.
  2. 2. Have a strong background of the basics in the programming language.
  3. 3. Be prepared to encounter questions you may not have the answers to. According to Forbes, what employers are really seeking for is your ability to solve problems and learn new areas in the field.
  4. 4. Take your time! Take a moment to think about what you want to convey and how to solve the problem at hand.
  5. 5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and talk it out with your interviewer. This provides them with the opportunity to see understand your thought process and see inside your head.

Sources: Carol Kinsey Goman, “Seven Seconds to Make A First Impression” in Forbes

The Muse, “How to Ace Your Technical Interview” in Forbes

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