The job interview process not only helps our hiring team determine whether you’re qualified for the job you’ve applied for, it also helps you decide if our company is an environment in which you can thrive, and you want to join. We understand that preparing for an interview can sometimes be a stressful experience, so we offer these tips to help you feel confident and ready when you meet with our hiring team.
Plan your schedule so that you can arrive 10-15 minutes early. As this will likely be your first time visiting our office, it’s a good idea to map out your route so you can be sure to arrive on time. Consider doing a practice run. If you’re taking public transportation, identify a backup plan if there are delays or closures.
Plan your interview attire the night before. You can ask your recruiter about the dress code in the workplace and choose your outfit accordingly. Consider the first impression you’ll be making.
Bring copies of your resume, a notebook and pen. You can also prepare a copy of your resume for your own reference, highlighting specific accomplishments on your copy as discussion points. Prepare to take notes, but not on your smartphone or another electronic device. Write information down so that you can refer to these details after the interview.
Treat everyone you encounter with respect. This includes people on the road and in the parking lot, as well as personnel you encounter. Treat everyone you don’t know as though they’re a member of the hiring team. Even if they aren’t, they might get asked for their feedback.
Be prepared to reference examples of your previous experience. After reviewing the job description, think of work you’ve done in past jobs, clubs or volunteer positions that show you have experience and success that align with those job requirements.
Prepare thoughtful questions for your interviewers. Interviews are a two-way street – you’re interviewing us just as we are interviewing you!
Respond truthfully to the questions asked. While it can seem tempting to embellish on your skills and accomplishments, our hiring team would rather you candidly share your key strengths and why your background makes you uniquely qualified for the position.
Keep your answers concise and focused. Your time with each interviewer is limited so be mindful of rambling. Practicing your answers beforehand so you are well-prepared and stay focused.
Be yourself! Being genuine during interview conversations can help us get to know you. While it can be tempting to transform yourself into the person that you think we want you to be, we’d rather see you showcase your best self in your interview.
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