Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐] You may not know exactly what they’re going to ask you, but you do know they’ll ask you something. Practice the delivery of your speech and improve your compute time by asking a friend to pretend being the interviewer. Don’t ask them to read from a list of questions you’ve prepared—an interview would not go that way. Instead, ask them to come up with how their idea of an interview would go. To go a step further, try doing it in a public place, like in a busy cafe, to really get the out-of-your-comfort-zone feel.
Importance: [⭐] One helpful hack many pros suggest is to set up your Google Alerts and add monitoring for keywords related to the company(/ies) you’ll be interviewing with. This will provide you with an email digest of any mentions of the company so that you can stay as informed as the board members of what’s happening up to the minute of your interview. Set alerts to be “as-it-happens” to ensure that you are afforded all relevant postings in real time. Add a Google Alert for the company as well as the managers/partners.
Importance: [⭐⭐] You were probably going to get some sleep anyway, weren’t you? But what I mean here is an excellent sleep for the full amount of hours—you’ll need to aim for quality and quantity. Interviews are often an hour in length and beyond, so you’ll thank yourself when your brain is able to fire on all cylinders throughout.
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐] If you can, try to get your interview to happen in the middle of the week and earlier in the day. Mondays are notoriously busy with catching up after the weekends, while Fridays have the negative aspect of a possible loss of interest in you over the weekend. Aim for earlier interviews, like an hour before lunch, at least, but not as soon as the office opens; both you and your interviewer will be less likely to feel hungry, grouchy, and tired.
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐] This is an interview—you’re gonna get questions. While you may not know how it’ll play out, there are some general questions that are asked in most interviews. Practice those! We’ll talk about some individual questions later in this article, or you can see more than 10 interview questions to prepare for here: Common Interview Questions and Answers
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐] Don’t aim for getting there on time. There are so many things that could go wrong, according to Murphy’s Law. You may not find the right building or room, or traffic might befall you. You might need to use the restroom. Being late would surely sabotage your interview success. Double-check the interview location and aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before. One of my favorite, personal interviewing tips is to arrive maybe 30-45 minutes early and position yourself at a nearby cafe. This way, you’ll all but eliminate circumstances that prevent you from arriving on time, and you can do a quick cram with your notes while having a tea.
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐] Sure, you’re going to put on a friendly face for the interviewer, why wouldn’t you? But, as soon as you enter the building, prepare to encounter each and every employee you meet with just the same attitude and countenance. From receptionist to office manager to your future teammates, that charm could warrant a compliment about you to the ones in charge with your fate’s decision, and it could make all the difference!
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐] You got your notebook and some copies of your resume in your briefcase or purse, but let’s go a bit further. Pack some items that will ensure that you arrive at the interview in excellent form, such as an umbrella, bandage strips, breath mints, a pen, a stick of deodorant, some paper towels, and a portable stain remover. Maybe a snack bar for any hunger pangs that pop up unexpectedly. Get a whole interview checklist here: What to Bring to an Interview & Printable Checklist with 12 Crucial Items There are some things that you can’t do in advance, but you must still remember to take care of during the interview. Below, you’ll see a list of the best interview tips and tricks for outperforming your competition during your time in the hot seat. Here’s how to behave in an interview:
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐] Just before your interview starts, pull out that notebook (remember the one with your cheat sheet?) and take some notes. You’ll look like a diligent candidate, you won’t have to ask them to repeat much, and you’ll have any questions and answers handy for when that time comes.
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐] Behavioral interviews feature questions about specific situations from your past work experience and how you handled them or behaved. They can be a doozy to answer, and to top that, they often come out of nowhere. But there’s a great trick to answering them, and it’s not at all underhanded or black hat. It’s called the STAR method, and using it will help you structure your answers and deliver a response that will impress the interviewer every time. STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result. To learn how to put this formula to work for your next interview, see this post: STAR Method for Acing Behavioral Interview Questions