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Interviewing well is a learned skill. And the more you work at it, the better you’ll get! Just the thought of an upcoming interview makes most people nervous, but with practice, you’ll be ready to go—this can increase your confidence and calm your nerves. So as soon as you have an interview lined up, make time for plenty of dress rehearsals.

Attend a “mock” interview or two

Just pretend it’s the real thing to help you identify and iron out any possible hurdles. Ask a friend or family member to practice interviewing with you, and conduct as close to the real thing as you can. Choose what outfit you’ll wear, how you’ll greet your interviewer and what you’ll say to break the ice. It’s also important to prepare answers to questions your interviewer might ask.

Examples of basic interview questions

Depending on your field, a simple Google search can yield plenty of potential questions—and acceptable answers. Of course, you’ll need to tailor yours and put a spin on them that allows your unique personality to show through.

Common questions include:

  • So, tell me about yourself?
  • How did you hear of this job opportunity?
  • Why have you decided to look for a new job?
  • Why do you want this job/why are you interested in this company?
  • Why are you our best choice for this job?
  • What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?
  • Describe a time you were faced with a difficult situation and how you handled it.
  • How would your co-workers describe your work ethic?
  • Describe a time when you failed and how you handled it.
  • What’s your perfect job and/or work environment?

By preparing your answers ahead of time, you’ll be ready come interview time. Of course, it’s not possible to predict all questions you’ll be asked. But when you’re prepared, you will avoid awkward pauses—boosting your confidence and making it easier to think on your feet.

Mapping apps are your friend

Just don’t force yourself to rely on them at the last minute on the morning of your interview. Instead, take a dry run to the interview site a few days ahead of time. This way, you’ll be sure you know the route and won’t need to sweat on interview day. Plan for the volume of traffic you’ll encounter and allow plenty of time to get there. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early—you’ll be able to relax in the waiting area, breathe and do any last-minute practice you may need.

When you’re ready, contact McGrath Systems

Once your interview technique is down pat (or even if you need a little advice), contact the recruiting professionals at McGrath Systems. We place candidates with positions in engineering, IT, human resources, administration and light industrial. Plus, we’ll work with you to ensure you’re ready come interview day. To learn more, contact McGrath Systems today!

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