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How to Ace Your Next Job Interview

August 18, 2022

“ I will prepare and one day my chance will come” – Abraham Lincoln.

1. Be On Time

“Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters”

Arrive 10 minutes early for your interview. Make sure you’ve planned your travel arrangements ahead of time to ensure that you are punctual.

2. Dress Smart

“Dress how you want to be addressed”

It is important to make a good first impression. Dressing smart is a key indicator to the employer that you are professional and willing to make an effort for this role.

3. Research the Role

“No action without research, no action without research”

Research the role and the company ahead of time. They won’t expect you to give a full running history of the company but any research will help you to secure this position. e.g. when the company was founded, how many employees work there, what the company does etc etc. If on paper you have two candidates with similar work history and experience, or if there is no prior experience required for the role, then this research may set you apart and help you get the job.

4. Prepare Answers To Common Questions

“Proper preparation prevents poor performance”

You can prepare but don’t rehearse answers to the point where you sound like you’re reading the answers from a tele-prompter. Of course, I’d recommend looking at industry specific questions, but in general, the most common interview questions are below:

  • Why would you like to become a _______?
  • What is your biggest strength?
  • What is your biggest weakness?
  • Tell us about yourself?
  • Give us an example of a time you overcame a difficult situation?
  • What skills would you bring to this role?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Why are you leaving/have left your previous role?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • What are your career aspirations?

 

5. Prepare Some Questions to Ask the Interviewer

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success”

By asking a few questions throughout the interview, it shows your interest in the role. Some examples:

  • What would my day to day responsibilities be in this role?
  • What chances for progression would be available down the line in this role?
  • Do you hold regular appraisals/reviews?
  • What would you expect me to achieve in the first 3 months of this role?
  • If successful in this position, when would I be expected to start?

 

6. Be Yourself

“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken”

Remember, personality comes first, so just be yourself and let them see how great of an asset you would be to their team.

I hope that this has helped you prepare for your interview. For more interview tips, please click here: http://thedentalschool.org/3-trickiest-interview-questions-and-how-to-answer-them/