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How to Win at Your Next Interview

How to Win at Your Next Interview

Author: Laurie Knafo/Tuesday, July 13, 2021/Categories: Blog, SNI Companies, SNI Financial, Industry Trends, SNI Certes, Industry Trends, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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Any type of interview, from a phone interview to an in-person panel interview, can be extremely stressful and nerve-wracking. The key to dealing with interview anxiety is to be prepared. Here are several simple tips for how to navigate your next interview, no matter the type.

 

Don’t Be Late

If you are interviewing in person be sure to give yourself plenty of time and arrive early. It’s much better to be super early and sit in your car in the parking lot ahead of time than to risk being a few minutes late. Alternatively, if you’re having a phone interview or virtual interview, make sure your phone or laptop is charged with plenty of battery and get yourself all situated well before the set time to meet.

 

Do Your Research

Before any interview, you always want to do your homework and thoroughly research the company you’ll be interviewing with. You not only want to do this to make sure it’s a company you actually want to work for, but it’s also important to show the interviewer that you’ve come prepared and are interested in the company culture, background, and industry. Here are 7 things you can research ahead of time.

 

Practice, Practice, Practice

Another way you’ll need to prepare for your interview is to practice your answers to common interview questions. If you have the option, enlist help from a friend or family member and role-play the interview in advance. The more you practice your answers, the more natural it will feel, and then when it is time for the real interview, you’ll feel confident and composed in your responses. If you need help, here are 27 of the most common interview questions.

 

Be Courteous

When interviewing you’ll want to show your appreciation to the interviewer(s). You’ll want to begin the conversation by thanking them for their time and the opportunity to meet and end the interview the same way. After the interview, it’s always a good idea to send a thank you note and in that recap why you think you’d make a good addition to the team and what you have to offer. Here is a link to some sample thank you letters to get you started.

 

While these tips may seem straightforward, they bear repeating. We hope this list of recommendations is helpful for you before your next interview. Bookmark this page and come back to it as often as you need for a refresher beforehand.

 

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