20 Tips for Perfect Interview Preparation: Part IV (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

You have made it to the last post in our 4-part series, featuring 20 tips for perfect interview preparation. 

If you have followed our first 15 tips, you will have done all the appropriate research on the person and company interviewing you, you will have prepared your opening statement, closing statement, and the questions you plan to ASK in the interview, and you will have developed an arsenal of powerful stories that demonstrate why you should be hired.  The last step is to practice answering the remaining questions you are likely to be asked in the interview.  Here are tips #16-20 for perfect interview preparation:

16. Use a stopwatch.  Practice answering questions (and telling your stories) while timing yourself with a stop watch.  Make sure you are answering all questions within 60 seconds.

17. Talk into the mirror.  Practice by yourself in front of the mirror.  Make sure your body language is “saying” what you want it to say (i.e. that you are confident, genuine, and friendly).

 18. Record yourself.  Record yourself (i.e. audio and/or video) as you practice.  Then, play back the tape and listen to how you are answering the questions.  Make sure you are choosing your words carefully and using as few “filler” words as possible.  (“Filler” words are words such as “um,” “like,” and “ya know.”)

19. Practice with a friend you respect.  Have your friend do a mock interview with you, and get their feedback as well.

20. Do a real interview (for practice).  You will become a more confident, successful interviewer with practice.  Therefore, I recommend that you interview with a few companies you have no interest in working for.  It’s a great way to get ready for a real interview with a company you actually want to work for.

Once you hve followed tips #1-20, stop preparing and try to relax!

While you want to be prepared, you don’t want to sound like a robot in the interview.  The ultimate goal is to be confident (the result of being well-prepared) so that you can have a natural, effective conversation with the person(s) interviewing you.

 Congratulations!  You are now MUCH more prepared than your competition.  Go out there and get that job!

-Pete Leibman

-President of Idealize Enterprises

-Award-Winning Career Expert and College Speaker




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