6 Ways to Ace Your Interview
By: Leighann Duve
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Insecurity. Anxiety. Nervousness. I see it time and time again amongst interview candidates. My word of advice? Shift that mindset. View your interview as a conversation, not an interrogation. Being relaxed, open and confident will help you shine and reclaim your interview as an opportunity to learn more about the interviewer, company and role. I know what you’re thinking - if only it were that easy. Being a champion conversationalist amongst a panel of complete strangers isn’t for the faint of heart. However, I know it’s achievable. It just takes work and preparation to be voted most congenial.
1. Ask and Answer Questions Effectively
Prepare 3-5 specific questions prior to the interview.
How is the team structured?
What career progression is available for this role?
What is your management style?
What is the biggest concern facing your department or company today?
Where does your company hope to be in 5 years?
What do you like most about working for the organization?
If you could change anything about the company, what would it be?
Don’t provide one or two-word responses to the interviewers questions.
2. Research the Company
Come to the interview ready to answer questions about why you are interested in the job and company.
By investigating the organization, you can examine if it is a good cultural fit and match to your values and long-term career goals.=
3. Plan Accordingly
If you’re completing a phone or video interview, choose a quiet place without background noise for the conversation. Selecting a comfortable place will help you feel at ease and focused.
If you’re attending an in-person interview, make sure you plan ahead for commute time so you arrive on time to your interview. You only have the chance to make a first impression once.
4. Be Honest
Lying is wrong, regardless of the situation.
Don’t over exaggerate the facts about your experiences and qualifications.
5. Stay Positive
Don’t complain. It is easy to get wrapped up in the drama of why you are looking for new employment or why your last relationship ended. The interviewer is going to ask why you’re looking for a new job and/or why you left your last employer, so come prepared to provide a sincere and professional answer.
6. Be Confident
You landed an interview, so you’re obviously a rock star! Remain positive and talk about your accomplishments.
Be careful not to come off egotistical or rude. Stay humble, professional, friendly, and upbeat!
Stay a beat ahead of the competition by preparing logistically and mindfully for your meeting. If you have any questions or would like to hear about opportunities at Crescent Electric Supply Company, please contact me via email at email@example.com
Leighann Duve has been part of the Crescent HR Team since 2016. She recruits for Crescent’s Western Region including Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and New Mexico.
Leighann is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, IA via their Adult Accelerated Program. Her passion for making connections and problem solving skills are an integral part of the recruiting function at Crescent.