‘Tis the season of interviewing (for jobs)

I don’t know about you, but it seems that a lot of my employed and non-employed friends are interviewing like crazy.  The job economy is definitely picking up.

To help you with your season’s greetings, here are some tips from my friends with my two cents.

  • If you’re applying for a technical position, spend some time reviewing relevant topics and coding exercises (e.g., databases, data structures, networking, etc.).  You can usually find lists online of commonly asked interview questions for various types of positions.  Only a small quantity of information will be of use during the interview (1% 5%?). Get used to it.
  • What key things do you want the interviewer to remember about you?
  • In 60 seconds, how would you sell the interviewer that you’re the right person for the job?  This is important during the “tell me about yourself” part.  Support this with specific examples and evidence from your past experiences.
  • Pause to answer questions.  A thoughtful answer is more important than a quick answer lacking details.
  • Boost up your confidence.  Find at least one person who’s going to make you feel like you’re the best for the job.
  • Even if you’re not in the market, you should be ready for an interview at any time.  Stay up-to-date with skills for your role.
  • Be nice, friendly, and don’t elude tasks or questions during the interview.  Answer questions clearly.
  • Come prepared with a list of questions to ask at the end.
  • Be thoughtful and specific to demonstrate a genuine interest in the company.
  • Be on time (i.e., 5-10 minutes early).
  • Dress to impress.
Alright, if I get more tips from my friends, I’ll be sure to add to the list.  Do you have any tips?  Perhaps how to land the interview?  How to close the deal?

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