Making it to the interview round is an accomplishment in and of itself. But it won’t mean anything if you can’t close the deal. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your interview.
Control what you can
You can’t control if the interviewer is running late, but you can control what time you arrive. Being on time doesn’t require skill and it’s an easy way to start off on a good note. You owe it to yourself to show up on time.
The receptionist is not just a receptionist. He or she is a gatekeeper and the eyes and ears of the front office. Each person in the office is worthy of your respect, from the administrative staff to the C-level executives, and the other applicants. You never know who may be watching and what behaviors are reported to the hiring manager.
Do your research
Know who you’re trying to work for. Look into their previous projects, mission, industry contributions or publications and be able to talk about how you can enhance their team or bring something new to the table.
Show your work
Be sure to bring samples of your work. Show off your strongest designs or best writing with selection of print and digital samples. A mix of both print and digital will show the breadth of your skill and help make you memorable.
Don’t be afraid to let your personality show. If you’ve made it to the interview round, your skills have already been reviewed and they’re most likely trying to gauge how you’d fit with the existing team. Relax and be your genuine self.
Focus on your goals
Many interviews include basic questions like “tell me about yourself” or “why do you want to work for us.” Share about yourself AND explain what you want to accomplish or what you hope to learn.
Ask what’s next
It’s entirely fair to ask what the next steps are in the process and when to expect follow up information. Be sure to thank the hiring manager for the interview opportunity. An email the following day to express gratitude and continued interest in the position is a simple and quick way to reconnect and keep you in their memory.
Don’t forget that you are interviewing them just as much as they are interviewing you. Just as they are not obligated to extend an offer, you are not obligated to accept an offer. We hope these tips help you prepare for your interview and reduce your nerves.
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