Interviews can be a double-edged sword for job seekers. They are necessary for getting the job you want, but they can also be a big source of stress.
Professional references can make a big difference to your overall job application and letting them know ahead of time that you listed them is crucial. Your references will be ready to sing your praises to your potential employer and may also be able to provide you helpful information as you prepare.
A self-assessment could be reflecting on your career or thinking about what you’ve accomplished so far and what you want to accomplish in the future. What are your preferences for workplace culture? What kinds of personalities
complement your own? You will want to reflect on these topics as they will likely come up in an interview.
Conducting a self-assessment is also a good time to search for yourself online. According to a CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to research job candidates and 66% use search engines. Familiarize yourself with what employers see when they search for you so you’re prepared to answer any questions about their findings.
Before an interview, study the job description line-by-line. The interviewer may not directly ask how your previous work lines up with the requirements of the position, but making that connection yourself shows that you pay attention to details.
If you are unfamiliar with the employer, there are plenty of ways to find more information. Ask your closest colleagues if they know anything about the organization, good or bad. You may uncover some information through your personal connections that isn’t available online.
No two interviews are exactly alike, and many of those differences come from the format and location. Some popular interview settings include group, mealtime, one-on-one, panel, phone and video.
Considerations for In-Person Interviews
Considerations for Remote Interviews
Practicing your answers to common interview questions may be the most critical step. Find examples of interview questions online and maybe grab a friend to help you practice. The CSU Career Services department is a great resource for mock interviews as well.
Most interviewers will save at least a few minutes at the end so that candidates can ask their own questions. Asking questions at the end of an interview shows that you are curious about the position and that you have researched the organization. Only preparing your answers to potential questions and not questions you want to ask your interviewe may seem like you are not prepared or, even worse, not interested in the position.
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