Job Interviews are hard to get – so it is good to come prepared and to make this one count. This applies to job-seekers of all ages – and we are pleased to summarize a helpful article recently published on RBC’s website “6 Tips to Ace Your First Job Interview” that offers some sound advice.

Before the interview 

Preparing for an interview is essential, as it demonstrates the initiative and self-starter attitude employers want to see. Here are some key interview preparation tips.

  • Know the company: Step beyond a quick review of the company’s website and LinkedIn profile, and try to learn why they do the work they do.
  • Know the position: Apart from knowing the job description well, conduct some research to have an idea of the day-to-day responsibilities of this type of position, and the typical salary/benefits the position entails.
  • Know your questions: Practicing your answers to typical interview questions ahead of time is important, but also take the time to determine what questions you have for your potential employer.
  • Know how to present yourself: No matter if the interview is in-person or virtual, aim to dress in a manner consistent with the role and company you are interviewing with. If you’re unclear what manner that is, err on the side of caution and dress up.

During the interview

Being actively engaged during the interview will show your potential employer that you are invested in getting the most out of this interview.

  • Actively listen: When the interviewer is speaking, focus on what they are explaining to you or asking you so that you can respond confidently and concisely.
  • Demonstrate confidence: Speak in a clear manner while maintaining eye contact when answering and asking questions.
  • Focus on your potential: Don’t embellish your skillset to impress the interviewer; instead demonstrate how the skills you have are transferable to the position, and your willingness to learn on the job.

After the interview

Sending a brief thank-you note following the interview reiterates your interest in the position and your appreciation for the company’s time.

Keeping these interview essentials in mind will serve to build your interview capabilities, which can only increase your chances of landing the job you want!

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