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Job Interview Q+A

During a job interview, it’s essential to present yourself professionally and effectively communicate your qualifications and fit for the position. Here are some key things to do during a job interview:

  • Research the Company: Familiarize yourself with the company’s mission, values, products/services, culture, and recent news. This will demonstrate your interest and preparation.
  • Practice Common Interview Questions: Prepare responses to common interview questions such as “Tell me about yourself,” “Why do you want to work here?” and “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” Practice articulating your answers clearly and concisely.
  • Role Play Model: To get more confident and prepared role playing conversations can be useful. You can practice with a friend questions and answers. Or with the use of ChatGPT to practice job interviews by taking on the roles of interviewer and interviewee, simulating common questions and responses. A prompt can be: “You are interviewing me for a job at Microsoft. Please conduct a practice interview with me.” Read more about ChatGPT here.
  • Dress Appropriately: Choose professional attire that is suitable for the company culture and industry. Dressing well shows respect for the interviewer and indicates that you take the opportunity seriously. Be moderate in the use of perfume and/or body lotions.
  • Nervousness: For those who are (too) nervous, it can be helpful to focus on breathing: 4 seconds to inhale, 4 seconds to hold breath, and 4 seconds to exhale. This can prevent sweating, shaky hands, and hyperventilation.
  • Arrive Early: Aim to arrive at least 10-15 minutes early for the interview. This allows you to settle in, feel the atmosphere, review your notes, and demonstrate punctuality.
  • Bring Copies of Your Resume: Bring multiple copies of your resume to the interview, even if you’ve already submitted one online. This shows preparedness and allows you to reference specific experiences during the conversation.
  • Be Polite and Professional: Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake, make eye contact, and maintain good posture throughout the interview. Address the interviewer by their title (Mr., Ms., Dr., etc.) unless instructed otherwise.
  • Listen Carefully: Pay attention to the interviewer’s questions and respond thoughtfully. Avoid interrupting and make sure your responses directly address the question asked.
  • Highlight Your Accomplishments: Use specific examples from your past experiences to illustrate your skills, accomplishments, and qualifications. Quantify your achievements whenever possible (e.g., “Increased sales by 20%” or “Led a team of 10 employees”).
  • Ask Questions: Prepare insightful questions to ask the interviewer about the company, the role, team dynamics, or any other relevant topics. Asking questions demonstrates your interest and engagement in the opportunity.
  • Show Enthusiasm: Express enthusiasm for the role and the company throughout the interview. Communicate why you’re excited about the opportunity and how you can contribute to the organization’s success.
  • Follow Up: Send a thank-you email to the interviewer within 24 hours of the interview, expressing appreciation for the opportunity and reiterating your interest in the position. This gesture demonstrates professionalism and leaves a positive impression.

 
 

By following these guidelines, you can make a strong impression during your job interview and increase your chances of landing the position.

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