(编辑 Logan & Zac)
Written by Alena
(edited by Logan and Zac)
You’re almost there. Your resume has been accepted, and you’re one step closer to landing the job you’ve been dreaming of. All that’s left between you and your goal is the interview (or, in some cases, interviews). So, what’s the best way to prepare for a job interview?
First off, there are the tips that everyone knows, like dressing accordingly and maintaining good posture. But what else can you do to stand out as the best candidate for the job?
Nailing the interview is actually a three-step process. The first consists of your preparations before the interview. The second is how you act during the interview. Finally, the third consists of how you follow up after the interview. If you aren’t fully familiar with the work culture at a Western company, you need to know how to navigate each of these steps. Fortunately, we have you covered with our simple breakdown below!
Before the interview:
1. Prepare your story.
Many candidates tend to rattle off their experiences during the job interview, such as previous jobs or activities they participated in during university. They often leave out the context—in other words, everything that gives meaning to why they want this job.
If your interviewer wants a list of your experiences, they can read your CV. Your role in the interview is to fill in the gaps and present yourself as a dynamic personality—someone that the interviewer will remember after the interview is over! Think about the things and people who have influenced you, your personal goals or experiences that have led you to this job, and why this job moves you. These are all important points that show the interviewer who you really are.
2. Prepare for common interview questions.
Some of these interview questions will force you to examine your personality and past decisions. Here are some examples of common interview questions:
·What is your biggest weakness?
·How did you resolve a recent problem?
You should answer these questions honestly, but make sure you include details and context in your answers. Employers want to see that you are aware of your own skills and shortcoming, and they also want to see that you can be creative and resourceful in challenging situations.
During the interview:
1. Think out loud.
Sometimes interviewers will ask tough analytical questions. It’s OK to take a moment to put together your answer, but don’t stay quiet! If you’re formulating a long answer, take the opportunity to think out loud and walk the interviewer through your thought process. This gives them a chance to have more insight into your breadth of knowledge, thinking and experience. It will also give you the opportunity to demonstrate how you think.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat or clarify the question.
2. Ask informed questions.
At the end of an interview, your interviewer will often give you the opportunity to ask them questions. Rather than asking basic questions (“Why do you like working here?”), use this moment as an opportunity to showcase your research and preparation. Don’t ask about anything that you could answer yourself by looking on their website or social media. Here are some questions you can consider asking:
·“What’s your favorite thing you’ve done here over the last few months?”
·“Can you talk about the company culture and how the company holds to it?”
Both of these questions show that you’re invested in the company and genuinely want to better understand what working there would be like.
After the interview:
1. Send a personal follow-up.
It’s very important to follow up your interview with a personalized email to the interviewer. It’s best to send your thank-you email within twenty-four hours of your interview.
This email not only expresses your gratitude for their time, but also reminds the interviewer of you and opens up a window for future dialogue. You can also use it as an opportunity to include any information you feel you left out of the interview, either information d your relevant experience or a question you forgot to ask.
Even if you don’t get the position, your thank-you note can be an opportunity for you to hear about job openings in the future.
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