Basic Interview Tips

There are few things more nerve-racking than an interview. Here are a few tips:

(1) Come prepared. Before the interview, spend an hour or two making a list of all the questions you anticipate they may ask. This will help you feel more confident going into the interview and helps avoid blanking out in the moment. Here are some ideas of questions you could think about and draft answers to beforehand:

Why do you want to work here?
Why are you interested in this position?
Why are you qualified for this position?
Tell me about yourself.
Tell me about a time you faced a challenge and overcame it.
Tell me about a time you failed.
Tell me about a time you work in a team or showed leadership.
(2) Tell stories. The best way to answer any question you’re asked is to tell a story. It doesn’t have to be long but I think it’s the best way to leave a memorable impression. It’s best to think of five or six stories beforehand and practice them beforehand so the delivery comes across well during the interview.

(3) Ask insightful questions. Almost 100% of the time, you’ll be asked at the end of the interview if you have any questions. You want to have two or three good questions prepared ahead of time. This shows your genuine interest in the company (or department in this case) and the position. You might think about asking a question like, “How will my performance be measured?” or “How will I know if I’m successful in this role?”. Asking insightful questions will help set you apart from other candidates.

What have you done to set yourself apart in interviews? How do you prepare?