Do you have an interview coming up? Congratulations! Now it’s time to prepare. Check out these simple steps below to help you get the job of your dreams.
Always plan to arrive to your interview at least 10-15 minutes early. This shows the company that you are timely and eager to be at the interview.
Always put some extra effort into how you dress for an interview. Do as much research as you can on the company and try to determine how employees dress at the office. It is important to dress for the position – being overdressed can be just as detrimental as being underdressed.
Always bring along extra copies of your resume. Don’t assume the interviewer will have a copy with them and be prepared to have copies ready for additional interviewers that may join in. Plus, being able to refer to specific points on your resume will give you credibility when answering the interviewer’s questions.
During a mock interview, if the interviewer is able to record you, ask them to do so. You can even set up your phone to record it. This way, you can observe your body language and other things that you might otherwise miss. These things are important to be aware of so you can improve on them for real interviews.
Answer all questions honestly. If you don’t know the answer to something, it is okay to say you don’t know. This gives you much more credibility than faking it.
If you are really confident about your knowledge on a topic, don’t be afraid to share your expertise. The interviewer wants to know where you’re an expert. This extra confidence may even help you stand out if you are not as knowledgeable in other areas.
In addition to being confident, you should smile and be personable. It’s okay to have a good time during the interview! This may even help you connect with the interviewer, which can help set you apart when it’s time to compare candidates.
Always have questions for the interviewer. Even in a mock interview, it’s good to get in the habit of taking an interest in the company you are interviewing with. This will help the interviewer see that you aren’t simply looking for any position, but rather one with their company specifically.
Participate in mock interviews whenever you can. You can schedule a mock coding interview using Pramp, a free online tool. Interface Web School also holds mock interview sessions periodically. Check out our calendar to find out when the next one is being held.