Read the companies mission statement. Look up the company’s employee profiles and find out about the employees that will be conducting your interviews. Also go to LinkedIn and review their profiles.
Review the job description prior to the day of your interview.
Write down 3 areas of your current or previous work experience that matches what the company has highlighted for the qualifications needed for this role.
Basically 3 reasons why they should hire you.
First impressions are just that, you cannot take those first few minutes back.
Don’t be late
Even on a video interview, Dress professionally for the company’s culture.
Test your device prior to your interview time. Be sure you’re in an area with good reception and no outside noise.
Make eye contact whether in person or on a video interview
What are your weaknesses?
“What are your weaknesses” is one of the most popular questions interviewers ask. It is also the most dreaded question of all. Handle it by minimizing your weakness and emphasizing your strengths. Stay away from personal qualities and concentrate on professional traits: “I am always working on improving my communication skills to be a more effective presenter. I recently joined Toastmasters, which I find very helpful.”
Why should we hire you?
Answer “Why should we hire you?” by summarizing your experiences: “With five years’ experience working in the financial industry and my proven record of saving the company money, I could make a big difference in your company. I’m confident I would be a great addition to your team. Because… provide a few key strengths
Why do you want to work here?
By asking you, “Why do you want to work here?” the interviewer is listening for an answer that indicates you’ve given this some thought and are not sending out resumes just because there is an opening. For example, “I’ve selected key companies whose mission statements are in line with my values, where I know I could be excited about what the company does, and this company is very high on my list of desirable choices.”
What are your goals?
When you’re asked, “What are your goals?” sometimes it’s best to talk about short-term and intermediate goals rather than locking yourself into the distant future. For example, “My immediate goal is to get a job in a growth-oriented company. My long-term goal will depend on where the company goes. I hope to eventually grow into a position of responsibility.”
Why did you leave (or why are you leaving) your job?
If an interviewer asks, “Why did you leave (or why are you leaving) your job?” and you’re unemployed, state your reason for leaving in a positive context: “I managed to survive two rounds of corporate downsizing, but the third round was a 20% reduction in the workforce, which included me.”
If you are employed, focus on what you want in your next job: “After two years, I made the decision to look for a company that is team-focused, where I can add my experience.”
When were you most satisfied in your job?
When the interviewer asks, “When were you most satisfied in your job?” wants to know what motivates you. If you can relate an example of a job or project when you were excited, the interviewer will get an idea of your preferences. “I was very satisfied in my last job, because I worked directly with the customers and their problems; that is an important part of the job for me.”
Create a personal website
Creating a personal website can help job seekers show off their expertise and build their brand. As a recent college graduate, you can use a website to blog about issues related to the field you want to enter, display class projects and share your resume. This can also be a great way to stand out from other applicants who don’t have their own website.
Consider a part-time job or contract work
Although it’s not ideal to work part-time or as a contractor, it can help to bring in money while you actively pursue full-time options. Also, employers appreciate candidates that demonstrate a strong work ethic.