Interviews are the most stressful part of working and I absolutely hate them, but Taryn is helping us out and sharing some awesome tips on how to nail your next interview! I can’t wait to try out these tips, and make my life a little less stressful when finding my next job!
3 Tips for Nailing Your Next Interview
Guest post by Taryn from A Peachy Sonder
Interviews can be scary. I honestly don’t think it matters if its your first or hundredth interview experience – putting yourself out there for something that you want takes guts. How amazing would it be if there was a simple formula to follow to make sure you have the perfect interview?! Unfortunately, that doesn’t exist just yet. Until someone creates one – here are a few game changing tips I’d like to share to make sure you nail your next interview.
1. Know your own resume. This is key to ensure that you are prepared for any question thrown your way! It will also make sure that you are representing yourself as the best candidate. While you are a rock star and undoubtedly have had awesome experiences before heading into your interview, make sure that you only include experiences that are relevant for the position you’re applying for (if you don’t have a lot of work experience, be prepared to share why and how your current work experience molded you into a better employee). Also, a quick formatting tip: make sure your most recent experience is at the top. Your resume should represent an outline of your work and accomplishments, so be sure to familiarize yourself with it and be ready to answer questions about each accolade on the page. For practice, here are a few questions to consider your own answers to: What accomplishment are you most proud of to date? How do you handle working with a tough coworker? Describe how you overcame a previous work problem. What experience do you have that allows you to bring something unique to the role you’ve applied for?
2. Do your research on the company. In my experience, this can be extremely impressive to your interviewer. Be careful though – don’t simply repeat something off of their website! Just make sure you are familiar enough with information you discover about the company to discuss it in your interview. For example: I’m extremely passionate about children’s healthcare and was able to tie in my company’s mission statement to how I can blend my personal passion with my career. Try to find information that genuinely excites you and show how invested you are in joining their company. Here are some ideas to start with: What’s their mission statement? How does that align with your career path? Where is the headquarters located? How large is the company? Is their room for upward growth after your first position?
3. Prepare your own questions. You wouldn’t be at the interview if there wasn’t a mutual interest, but be sure to take some time to see if THEY are a good fit for YOU! Regardless of how long you are with the company, you will spend a significant chunk of your time in the role and with the people. Make sure it’s going to be a match made in heaven! Don’t be afraid to be bold! A few of my favorites: What’s the interviewer’s favorite thing about working for the company? What is the retention rate of the role? If it’s an internship, is there a possibility for full-time employment after completion? What benefits are provided outside of salary (insurance, 401k, company car, etc.)? Is there anything else I can cover to help you see me as the best candidate for this position?
While these tips just scratch the surface, I’m confident that using them will help you do your best in your next interview! For more posts from me, check out my blog, and be sure to follow me on Instagram or Twitter to stay up-to-date!
What interview tips do you have?