Do you have a big interview coming up? Are you nervous? Scouring the internet for tips? Look no further.

Interviews can be daunting, they can make us question our confidence and our qualifications. However, with a little preparation, you can succeed in any interview setting!

The goal of your interview should be to be yourself. It’s important that the company you are applying to understand if you and the company would be a good fit! Don’t try to be someone you’re not, so you and the person interviewing you can understand if the position is for you.

Here are some tips if you have an upcoming interview:

  1. Have confidence – you applied for this job for a reason!
  2. Have enthusiasm – if you are excited about working this job, chances are, the company will be excited to hire you.
  3. Know your strengths, and be able to clearly articulate them. Give this some thought. What have your other employers told you that you do well? What qualities do you appreciate about yourself and find unique compared to others? (this should pertain to workplace qualities that are helpful in a professional setting).
  4. Know your weaknesses, and be honest about them. Maybe at your last job you had trouble being on-time. Maybe you are not good at doing monotonous work. Be honest with your new employer and show them the professional challenges that you have had, and worked through. This step of vulnerability and self-awareness will go a long way.
  5. Know about the company you are applying for! Research the company’s mission, what they value, how long they’ve been in the community, and some of the main staff members.

 

Again, remember to be yourself! Enjoy getting to know the company, your interviewer, and fine-tuning your interviewing skills. Practice makes perfect: it can be helpful to practice with a friend before going in for the interview.

You can’t go wrong in being yourself. Whether you get the job or not, you’ll know that you put yourself out there, answered questions with honesty, and you can walk away knowing that the company knows who you really are and what you could bring to the table.

 

Happy interviewing!

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