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How To Prep For An In-Person Interview (Updated For 2019)

Jan 09, 2019


Most interviews break into four stages and I’m going to provide tips for mastering each stage.

The four stages of an interview are - Introduction / Employer Questions / Candidates Questions & Closing.

The more you understand each stage, and what is expected of you, the better your chances of being selected.

Stage 1: Introduction – The decision to hire is not made at this stage, but it begins here
• Ask you the question: Tell Me About Yourself

Stage 2: Employers Questions – You must know your resume… Cold!
Most interviewers use a standard set of interview questions. These questions relate to how your skills, knowledge, training, and work experience fit the job and the company. Unfortunately, many job hunters do not prepare answers to these typical questions.
Here are some best practices:
• Keep your answers brief but be certain you answer the questions thoroughly. Do not volunteer information that is not asked. You might talk yourself out of a job.
• Behavioral Interview Question. Use the STAR method for responding to questions.
• Think about your answer before you start to speak. It is okay to pause and collect your thoughts and then give your answer. Try to relate your response to the position for which you are applying by using keywords from the job description.
• As you develop your answers, think about the match between your skills and the company’s needs.
• Every chance you get, explain how you would go about doing a job rather than just saying you can do it.

Stage 3: Candidate Questions - The interviewer is trying to determine your level of interest in the job and your degree of knowledge about the company.
• Interviewers also learn about you, and remember you, by the questions you ask.
• Interviewers respect candidates who think about their choices carefully, and they appreciate knowing you have done your homework.
• There are two questions you should always ask. (1) What kind of person are you looking for to fill this position? What is your ideal job candidate like? And (2) Now that you’ve had a chance to meet and interview me, what reservations would you have in putting me in this position?
• Always get Next Steps!

Stage 4: Closing - If you are sure you want the job... Ask For It!
• Emphasize you want the job and are willing to make a commitment


Interviewing Cheatsheet


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How To Successful Pass A Behavioral-Based Interview (Part 2)

How To Successful Pass A Behavioral-Based Interview (Part 3)

How To Successful Pass A Behavioral-Based Interview (Part 4)

How To Answer The Salary Question During The Interview


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A complement to this blog are these previous posts/videos:

How To Recover From Bombing An Interview

When You Get A Job Offer, Here's The Only Thing You Should Say And Do!!!

Top 10 Types Of Interviews (and How To Master Them)

4 Authentic Ways to Convince the Interviewer You’re Not Overqualified