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Congratulations! You’ve scored a job interview. You have every right to celebrate, but if you want to secure the job, you also need to prepare. Here are four tips for preparing properly and nailing your interview.

One, research the company and familiarize yourself with the position. Be ready to demonstrate why you’re the perfect candidate. Remember: the interviewer is assessing whether you’ll provide value to the company in this specific role.

Two, study your resume. This might sound silly, but the interviewer is likely to ask you in-depth questions about the skills and experience you showcased on your resume—they’ll expect in-depth answers. Be ready to dive into your expertise.

Three, communicate confidence. You’ll probably feel nervous, but it’s important you at least come off as confident. Give a firm handshake, make direct eye contact, and keep your body language open throughout the interview. 

Four, be yourself. This interview is meant to help you decide if this is a good fit, too. So, instead of molding yourself into the candidate you think they’re looking for, be you—demonstrate why you’re awesome for this job.

Follow these four tips to nail your next job interview and secure the position. 

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Are you in need of more tips to prepare for and nail your job interview? We’ve got you covered! Here are a few additional tips to consider before your job interview, that didn’t make it into our video:

1. Make your cover letter amazing. 

Your resume is meant to cover all of your basic information: your education, your career experience, your skills, etc. This is what you give to every potential employer, usually without having to make any edits or adjustments. Your cover letter, on the other hand, is your chance to shine! Most job openings require a cover letter, which is a letter of introduction, meant to give your potential employer a little more information, whilst highlighting your personality and why you’d be right for THIS specific job. Put the time and work into making your cover letter amazing and you will feel much more confident going into your interview.

2. Familiarize yourself with the human resource reps.

Often, your first interview will be with human resources (HR). These individuals know the company inside and out, and so they should be good judges of whether or not you’re a good fit for the company. To best prepare for your job interview, do a little research on the human resources team. A quick search on Google or LinkedIn can give you a good idea of what their personalities are like, as well as what their interests are and even what they are most likely to ask you in the interview. 

3. Research common interview questions.

The truth is that most interviewers ask the same or similar questions. For example: What are your strengths and weaknesses? What do you like to do in your free-time? Why would you succeed in this position? Where do you see yourself in five years? These are all common interview questions, that you should be ready to answer. While you shouldn’t memorize a script, you should remember these common interview questions and prepare your answers. This will make you feel more confident going into your interview and ensure that you have a few good answers to their questions!

4. Familiarize yourself with the job description.

Your ultimate mission here is to convince the interviewer that you are right for the position at hand—you cannot possibly accomplish this mission if you don’t know what the position entails! For this reason, you should familiarize yourself with the job description. Memorize it if you have to. Do whatever it takes to set yourself up for success when the interviewer asks questions like: How will you excel in this position? What past experience will help you succeed in this job? Why do you want this job?

 

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is Senior Writer and Editor at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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