Interview Tips and Tricks



Start preparing early. Take as much time as you have available to you.

Wait until the last minute.

Do your homework. Learn as much as you can about the company and the interviewers.

Go in knowing nothing about the industry or the position for which you’re interviewing.

Be prepared. Anticipate likely interview questions and plan your answers.

Be caught off guard. A lack of preparation makes you seem like you don’t want the job.

Make a good first impression. Show up early and looking well dressed and well rested.

Arrive late or looking disheveled.

Practice everything from your handshake to your introduction.

Fumble for words or sound unsure of yourself because you haven’t rehearsed.

Answer questions completely honestly. Paint yourself in the best light, but remain humble and brief.

Exaggerate or lie about your accomplishments. Droning on about your achievements can make you look phony.

Remain polite, respectful, and positive.

Badmouth former employers or complain about prior jobs you’ve held.

Have educated questions for the interviewers.

Ask questions for the sake of asking, or ask something you could have found out on your own.

Follow up with a thank-you note after the interview and an email later if you haven’t heard from them.

Hound the hiring manager, as it could hurt your chances.

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