When you're interviewing for a new job, there are a lot of things that you can say or do that will help you land the job. But there are also plenty of things that, if said or done wrong, can cause you to lose out on the opportunity.
First and foremost, it's important to remember that you're interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you. You want to be confident in your skills, but also show that you're not just looking for a job—you want to make sure your skills will be put to good use.
Here are some DOs and DON'Ts during an interview:
-Be prepared with questions about the company and the position. This shows that you're interested in more than just getting a paycheck, and it gives you a chance to assess whether or not this is a place where you'd like to work. You can also use these questions to highlight any experience or skills that might have been overlooked during the initial conversation.
For example, if you are asked a broad question about the Crypto sector in which you are interviewing, make sure you have done your research: It's not enough to say that 4 years ago, someone bought some crypto on a centralized exchange.
-Ask about what your day-to-day responsibilities would be if hired for this position. It shows that you understand what's expected of you, which is always a plus!
-It is important to make a good first impression. When you are going to a face-to-face interview, it's crucial to arrive on time and prepared. Plan your trip in advance and do a trial run if the location is unfamiliar.
When you are doing a video interview, make sure your video tool is working properly and that you are set up and ready at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time. Remember to smile and make eye contact with your interviewer!
-Never falsify information. Provide truthful and accurate answers to questions, and describe your skills and experience honestly. Explain any areas of weakness and demonstrate how you would work on these skills.
-Be careful not to interrupt the interviewer. The ability to listen attentively is as important in an interview as the ability to communicate clearly. If you are interviewing via video, allow your interviewer time to finish speaking before responding.
-Avoid letting past rejections affect future ones. Try to approach each interview as a new opportunity, and learn from mistakes you made in the past.
Regardless of how professional your work experience is and whether you have the skills they are looking for, what you say and how you behave during an interview can make a difference between getting selected or rejected.
If you follow the suggestions and tips we went over, you'll be able to hit the ground running in your next job interview.
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