No shortcuts or gimmicks — the only way to ace your next interview is by putting in the hard work. Follow our tried-and-true tips to focus your energy where it counts the most.
Think through the situational questions you’re most likely to be asked, depending on your past positions, the role to be filled, and where you are in your career. Just remember “CAR:” State the challenge, describe the action you took, and share your results.
Your speaking points should not morph into a word-for-word soliloquy. Use whatever method works best to remind you of what you want to include in your responses (and the questions you want to ask your interviewers): bullet points, shorthand, or even symbols.
Whether you talk out your answers in front of a mirror or with a friend, you don’t want your interview to be the first time you’ve ever spoken a certain critical sentence — that’s how you can wind up not just fumbling but putting your foot in your mouth.
This is especially relevant now that almost all interviews have gone virtual. Make sure your space looks presentable, with decent lighting and minimal background noise. No matter what, it’s in your best interest to wear something other than your “day pajamas” for an interview.
Follow industry news so you are ready to answer questions from interviewers.