Research about the Company:
Find out as much as you can about the company. You can do this by looking online and checking their social media. The same for the post you are applying for try to find out as much as you can before you go to the interview so that you know what will be expected of you and you can start thinking of how you can tailor your abilities to those required for the position. During the interview you may be asked what information you know about the employer. Helpful information includes: the company’s mission & vision, industry trends, recent news stories involving the employer, their clients and/or customer base, and company competitors. Effective preparations before the interview creates an effective stage ahead.
Go to the company to see how to get there, how long it takes to get there so you can plan how much time you need to arrive in time, and so that you can see if it is an area, building etc. That you would like to work in. While you are there, you may also be able to see some of the existing staff coming in and out which could give you a good indication of how to dress for the interview. This is one of the effective preparations before the interview.
Plan your interview clothes. You should always be dressed more smartly than you would normally be. If you haven’t had an interview for a long time and you have an interview suit, make sure it is clean and ironed and that it fits you well! As first impressions count for so much, at least you can look good which will make you feel better about yourself and give you extra confidence.
Practice Interview Questions:
Practice commonly asked interview questions and answers. How would you answer in your own language? This is your opportunity to practice selling yourself. Practice out loud and preferably with a friend or teacher to make sure your answers are in good English. This question is an opportunity to describe your qualifications and career aspirations, not your love for Netflix and ramen. Your answer should consist of a 2-3 minute overview of your professional and academic experiences and accomplishments. You should highlight the things that are most relevant to the job/internship. This could include: coursework, projects, internships, research, on-campus jobs, and service/leadership opportunities. This is one of the effective preparations before the interview.
It’s important to be prepared for the types of interview questions that an employer will ask. A majority of the questions you will be asked during your interview may be behavioral interview questions. Behavioral interview questions evaluate your past experiences to give the employer a sense of how you might perform in the future. These questions should be answered by crafting specific stories or examples using the formal format. Each answer should be 2-3 minutes long and highlight your role in the story. A list of commonly asked behavioral interview questions can be found on the last page of the guide. Also, review the experiences, projects, and activities on your resume. Know what you’ve done in each opportunity and be able to explain it using the formal format.
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Management of Time:
Make sure you plan at least one hour for the interview plus traveling time when asking for time off work! Go to bed early and get a good night’s sleep.
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