Are you ready to ace your next interview? Here are six things that make a candidate stand out in our interview process here at Avenica. If you are looking to launch your career apply to one of our open entry-level positions now!
1.) Being on time is being early
When it comes to interviews being on time means being early. If your interview is in person consider arriving 15 minutes early to the office. It is also worth your time to look up the transit or parking situation, in case there is a walk that you need to factor in.
Even in the cases of phone and video interviews, the same principles apply. Plan out where you will take the interview in advance, such as at your desk or table. Make sure you won’t be interrupted during the interview. When waiting for the call or the zoom to begin review your resume and get into a positive and excited mindset. A smile as you hop on the call will go a long way.
2.) Be prepared for a scheduled interview
In order to stand out in your interview you need to know what you’re talking about. Be prepared with your interview answers and have some specific scenario-based examples that you can bring to the table. Look up some common interview questions and practice answers with a friend or in front of a mirror. If possible, look up the specific questions common for the company or role you are applying for, and brainstorm your answers prior to the interview. It doesn’t need to be an exact script but make sure to have a general idea of what you will talk about.
3.) Have a prepared answer for “tell me about yourself”
Beyond preparing for industry-specific questions, it is also important to consider how you will introduce yourself. When an interviewer asks you how your day is going consider how you might answer – you could potentially add a few positive details that would help the interviewer get to know you. For example, you could share that you are doing great and went on a nice hike that morning. Taking advantage of every opportunity is important during an interview. For more on how to answer the “tell me about yourself” question check out our blog focused on this interview element.
4.) Stay focused on what you bring to the table, not what you don’t
There is no need to highlight the skills you lack. If specifically asked about something you are unsure about you could highlight your readiness to obtain that skill or the steps you have already taken to learn that skill, but don’t bring up what you don’t know. We want to hear you capitalize on the skills that you do have and worked hard to gain.
5.) Bring your questions to the interview
Work takes up a huge part of your life, it is important that you know about where you will potentially work. Take time before the interview to prepare questions to ask the person interviewing you. Most likely they will ask at the end of your interview if you have any questions, and it is important that you capitalize on this opportunity to show your interest in the role and the company. Make sure they are questions you are truly curious about that will provide clarity on the role and company.
6.) Know who you are interviewing with
If someone schedules an interview with you it is vital that you understand the role you are interviewing for and what the company interview you does. You should know the basics about the company, it’s core values, mission, and where they are located. If possible, look up the interviewer on LinkedIn prior to connecting as well.
In addition, familiarize yourself with the position description. Have an example ready for each bullet of the duties on the job description that you can share about if asked. You should have a good idea of what you will be doing and bring any questions about the tasks to the interview.
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