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Tips for Your Next Interview

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So you’ve nailed down your resume, gotten past a phone screen, and now it’s time to meet an employer face-to-face at an interview. Interviews are nerve racking for even the most experienced job seekers, so it’s understandable to be a bit nervous. To help you succeed, here are a few interview tips to keep in mind while you’re getting ready!

 

Confidence is Key

Before you head into your interview, remember that confidence will take you a long way. The employer has already seen your resume and identified that you would be qualified for the job. At this point, interviews are more about learning more about you and seeing whether you’re a fit with their company and culture.

 

Practice, Practice, Practice

It’s always important to come prepared to an interview. Review the job description to determine the most important skills and qualities for the role – you’ll probably be asked questions related to these.

Take the time to think back to interviews you’ve had in the past. Are there any questions that caught you off guard or that you could have answered better? Another way to help you anticipate the questions that could come up is to look through the company website, which will often have an About Us or Careers page that list the company’s values and describe the culture.

If you can, find someone to give you a mock interview. This could be a friend, your school’s career centre if you’re a student or recent grad, or a resource like WorkBC. At the same time, your answers should sound natural and not over-rehearsed. It shouldn’t seem like you’re reading off a script!

 

Be a S.T.A.R.

When answering questions about your past experiences and behaviour, use the S.T.A.R. method. Using this framework will help you format answers in a way that’s clear and results-oriented. Don’t spend too much time describing a situation – end with what you did and what the impact was.

  • S – Situation: Describe the situation you were faced with at work, at school, or in another team setting. Give enough context so that your interviewer understands how big of a challenge this may have been.
  • T – Task: Lay out what the task was and why it was important – did you have to meet a very tight deadline for a project? Did you have to find aa way to resolve a conflict in your team?
  • A – Action: Share what you did to solve the problem. If you’re describing a situation you faced in a group, try to focus on what you did yourself and how this contributed to the team.  
  • R – Result: What happened in the end? Did your action or solution work?

 

It’s Not All About You

Don’t forget that interviews are also an opportunity to learn more about the company you’re applying for and assess whether or not it would be a personal fit for you. Come prepared and know about what the company does – a little effort can go a long way and this shows that you are truly interested in working for the company.

At the end of most of your interviews, you’ll have to opportunity to ask the hiring manager or recruiter any questions you have. Ask insightful questions about the company – avoid asking about things like specific salaries or about things that you can easily look up. If something is important to you (maybe you’re an avid volunteer), don’t be afraid to ask about how the company’s values could align with yours (maybe they have an awesome philanthropy initiative!).

 

Keeping these interview tips in mind, you’ll be ready to walk into your next job interview and really impress your future employer. Get one step closer to your next position by searching through the jobs available on BCjobs.ca right now and good luck on your next interview!

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