How to adult
this week: Interviewing
Before the interview
- Learn about the company
- Have a planned route
- Practice interview questions
- Make a strong first impression
How to Prepare for a Job Interview
During the interview
- Use a firm handshake when greeting the interviewer
- Arrive 10 or 15 minutes early, no more than 20 though!
- Keep your devices turned off!
- Have good body language (no fidgeting, tapping, staring off into space, etc.)
- Have eye contact with the interviewer
- Bring a copy of your resume
- Be clear when speaking
- You can ask for clarification about things they might say to impress them
5 common interview questions (and how to answer them)
1. Tell me about yourself
- Keep it brief, but make it detailed. DON'T TALK ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL LIFE, use examples that relate to the business and why you think it's the next step in your career.
2. Why do you want to work here?
- Show that you've done your research. Have a couple honest reasons at the top of your head that you can turn into a a professional answer.
3. Why should we hire you?
- Don't be too modest. Figure out what the company is looking for and decide which of those skills you have. Use specific examples of times when you demonstrated those skills
4. What is your greatest strength?
- Choose strengths that are relevant to the job. Back each strength up with an example.
5. What is your greatest weakness?
- Make it an actual weakness and don't try too hard to make it seem like a strength. Show that you've taken steps to improve your weakness. Don't make your weakness a skill that is critical to the job.
How To Answer The Most Common Interview Questions
After the interview
- Shake their hand, maintain eye contact and be pleasant
- Thank them for their time
- Send a thank you letter or email