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    2. 21 Job Interview Tips: How To Make a Great Impression

    By Indeed Editorial Team

    Updated July 22, 2022 | Published November 3, 2017

    Updated July 22, 2022

    Published November 3, 2017

    Related: Ultimate Job Interview Guide - What To Expect Plus Top 6 Tips

    Jenn, a career coach, provides a look at the interviewing process and shares tips on how to position yourself for success at every step.

    You have your job interview scheduled—congratulations! Now it’s time to prepare, and we’ve got you covered. In this article, we provide an overview of how to succeed in an interview along with a detailed discussion surrounding each point.

    Before the interview

    In the days before your job interview, set aside time to do the following:

    1. Research the company and interviewers

    Understanding key information about the company you’re interviewing with can help you go into your interview with confidence. Using the company’s website, social media posts and recent press releases will provide a solid understanding of the company’s goals and how your background makes you a great fit.

    Related: Complete Guide to Researching a Company

    2. Practice your answers to common interview questions

    Prepare your answer to the common question: “Tell me about yourself, and why are you interested in this role with our company?” The idea is to quickly communicate who you are and what value you will bring to the company and the role—it’s your elevator pitch. Review our guide to answering Top Interview Questions .

    • Tip: You should come prepared to discuss your salary expectations. If you’re unsure what salary is appropriate to ask for, visit Indeed's Salary Calculator for a free, personalized pay range based on your location, industry and experience.

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    Tips on responding to "Tell me about yourself”:

    1. Start by discussing your current situation

    2. Work backwards by hitting key points along your professional journey

    3. Connect your background, interests and qualifications back to the job

    3. Reread the job description

    You may want to print it out and begin underlining specific skills the employer is looking for. Think about examples from your past and current work that align with these requirements.

    4. Use the STAR method in answering questions

    Prepare to be asked about times in the past when you used a specific skill and use the STAR method to tell stories with a clear Situation, Task, Action and Result.

    5. Recruit a friend to practice answering questions

    Practicing your answers out loud is an incredibly effective way to prepare. Say them to yourself or ask a friend to help run through questions and answers. You’ll find you gain confidence as you get used to saying the words.

    6. Prepare a list of references

    Your interviewers might require you to submit a list of references before or after your interview. Having a reference list prepared ahead of time can help you quickly complete this step to move forward in the hiring process.

    7. Be prepared with examples of your work

    During the interview, you will likely be asked about specific work you’ve completed in relation to the position. After reviewing the job description, think of work you’ve done in past jobs, clubs or volunteer positions that show you have experience and success doing the work they require.

    8. Prepare smart questions for your interviewers

    Related: “What Skills Do I Need To Be Successful?”

    Jenn explains the strategy behind asking the question “What Skills Do I Need To Be Successful?” including what you could learn and what it tells the interviewer about you.

    Interviews are a two-way street. Employers expect you to ask questions: they want to know that you’re thinking seriously about what it would be like to work there. Here are some questions you may want to consider asking your interviewers:

    • Can you explain some of the day-to-day responsibilities this job entails?

    • How would you describe the characteristics of someone who would succeed in this role?

    • If I were in this position, how would my performance be measured? How often?

    • What departments does this teamwork with regularly?

    • How do these departments typically collaborate?

    • What does that process look like?

    • What are the challenges you’re currently facing in your role?

    Related: Questions To Ask in an Interview

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    Interview tips:

    1. Research the company and your interviewers

    2. Practice your answers to common interview questions

    3. Study the job description

    4. Answer questions using the STAR method

    5. Recruit a friend to practice answering questions

    6. Be prepared with examples of your work

    7. Plan your interview attire the night before

    8. Prepare smart questions for your interviews

    9. Bring copies of your resume, a notebook and pen

    10. Tie your answers back to your skills and accomplishments

    Interview day

    After you’ve spent time preparing, you can be successful on interview day by practicing these tips:

    9. Plan your interview attire the night before

    If you’re speaking to a recruiter before the interview, you can ask them about the dress code in the workplace and choose your outfit accordingly. If you don’t have someone to ask, research the company to learn what’s appropriate.

    10. Bring resume copies, a notebook and a pen

    Take at least five copies of your printed resume on clean paper in case of multiple interviewers. Highlight specific accomplishments on your copy that you can easily refer to and discuss. Bring a pen and a small notebook. Prepare to take notes, but not on your smartphone or another electronic device. Write information down so that you can refer to these details in your follow-up thank-you notes. Maintain eye contact as much as possible.

    Related: What To Bring to the Interview

    11. Plan your schedule to arrive 10–15 minutes early

    Map out your route to the interview location so you can be sure to arrive on time. Consider doing a practice run. If you’re taking public transportation, identify a backup plan if there are delays or closures.

    • Tip: When you arrive early, use the extra minutes to observe workplace dynamics.

    12. Make a great first impression

    Don’t forget the little things—shine your shoes, make sure your nails are clean and tidy, and check your clothes for holes, stains, pet hair and loose threads. Display confident body language and a smile throughout.

    13. Treat everyone you encounter with respect

    This includes people on the road and in the parking lot, security personnel and front desk staff. Treat everyone you don’t know as though they’re the hiring manager. Even if they aren’t, your potential employer might ask for their feedback.

    14. Practice good manners and body language

    Related: How To Project Confidence When Meeting People

    Jenn, a career coach at Indeed, explains strategies to project confidence and competence in an interview and how to create a strong first impression.

    Practice confident, accessible body language from the moment you enter the building. Sit or stand tall with your shoulders back. Before the interview, take a deep breath and exhale slowly to manage feelings of anxiety and encourage self-confidence. The interviewer should extend their hand first to initiate a handshake. Stand, look the person in the eye and smile. A good handshake should be firm but not crush the other person’s fingers.

    Related: Everything You Need To Know About Job Interview Etiquette

    15. Win them over with authenticity and positivity

    Being genuine during interview conversations can help employers easily relate to you. Showing positivity with a smile and upbeat body language can help keep the interview light and constructive.

    16. Respond truthfully to the questions asked

    While it can seem tempting to embellish your skills and accomplishments, interviewers find honesty refreshing and respectable. Focus on your key strengths and why your background makes you uniquely qualified for the position.

    17. Tie your answers to your skills and accomplishments

    With any question you answer, you must tie your background to the job by providing examples of solutions and results you’ve achieved. Use every opportunity to address the requirements listed in the job description.

    18. Keep your answers concise and focused

    Your time with each interviewer is limited so be mindful of rambling. Practicing your answers beforehand can help keep you focused.

    19. Do not speak negatively about previous employers

    Companies want to hire problem solvers who overcome tough situations. If you’re feeling discouraged about your current job, focus on talking about what you’ve gained from that experience and what you want to do next.

    After the interview

    When the interview is over, give yourself the best chances of moving forward by doing the following:

    20. Ask about next steps

    After your interview, it is appropriate to ask either your interviewer, hiring manager or recruiter about what you should expect next. This will likely be a follow-up email with results from your interview and additional requirements like an assignment or reference list or another interview.

    21. Send a thank you letter after the interview

    Ask for the business card of each person you speak with during the interview process so that you can follow up individually with a separate thank you email. If you interviewed in the morning, send your follow-up emails the same day. If you interviewed in the afternoon, the next morning is fine. Make certain that each email is distinct from the others, using the notes you took during the conversations.

    Related: 25 Phone Interview Tips To Get You to the Next Round (With Video)

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    7. Ask informed questions.
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