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If you search for advice on how to ace an interview, you’ll find thousands of tips on how to prepare. People prepare for interviews in ways that work best for them. It all comes down to showing your best self—staying confident, professional, engaged, and responsive. For some, the hard part comes after the interview: waiting for a response and wondering if you made a good impression. Whether or not you got the position is partly beyond your control, but if you can check off every one of the ten items below, consider the interview a personal success!
“You only have one chance to make a good first impression.” What did you leave the interviewer with? Ask yourself, did I:
You want to show the interviewer everything they need to see to make their decision. You control how they see you. Did you:
Consider your interview a success if you can say that you were:
Confidence is key to convincing your interviewer that you are the person they should choose.
No matter the position you’re interviewing for, you can show you want it by:
You can’t really get away with not answering an interview question. Still, people sometimes beat around the bush or provide incomplete answers. This doesn’t effectively communicate why you are qualified for the position. To gauge how you answered each question, ask yourself:
One of the most important things is to ask the right questions. You need to know as much about the position as possible, and asking thoughtful questions reinforces your interest. These articles offer some interesting ideas for questions to ask:
If nothing else, you should leave an interview with a solid idea of what you just interviewed for. Ask yourself:
Leaving an interview should give you, not just a sense of the position, but a sense of what your next steps are. You know that you should follow up with your interviewer, but beyond that, did you leave with a good idea of:
Your interviewer needs to know who they’re choosing, so be as true to yourself as possible.
If you told the truth about everything and put your best foot forward, then you conducted your interview with integrity.
At the end of the day, your best is all you can do. Only you know your personal best, and if you can honestly say that you did your best, you should be proud of how you interviewed. You won’t know exactly how the interview went until you receive the decision. This is the part of the end result that falls beyond your control. But you can control how you conduct yourself during the interview, and a stellar performance is its own success. Consult this list before you interview so you know what you should check off after. Give it your all, and the rest will follow!