Interview Tips

Job Seeker Tips • June 29, 2023

The adult woman sits with a leader from the marketing firm she would like to be employed at.

Video – In today’s digital world, video interviews have become a common part of the hiring process. To make a positive impression, it’s essential to prepare accordingly. Prior to the interview, test your audio and video equipment to ensure they are working properly. Choose a quiet, well-lit location with a professional background. Dress professionally, just as you would for an in-person interview, as it shows your commitment and respect for the opportunity. Maintain good eye contact by looking directly at the camera and practice speaking clearly and concisely. Additionally, minimize distractions by silencing notifications on your devices. By following these tips, you can confidently navigate video interviews and present yourself as a strong candidate.

 

Additional tips include:

  • Try to use a PC or Mac (instead of mobile device) as it provides a more stable setting
  • Double-check your audio, video, and internet connection
  • Pick a distraction-free background and frame yourself from the chest up (you don’t want to have the “floating head” effect.
  • Make sure you’re in a well-lit room and the interviewer can see you clearly
  • Angle and eye contact are critical
  • Speak to the camera, with your camera positioned at eye-level (not above or below you)

 

Onsite – Onsite Interviews provide an opportunity to showcase your skills and personality face-to-face. Preparation is key to making a lasting impression. Research the company’s mission, values, and recent news to demonstrate your genuine interest and enthusiasm. Familiarize yourself with the job description and prepare examples that highlight your relevant experience and accomplishments. Dress professionally in a polished and appropriate manner, paying attention to the company’s dress code. Arrive early to the location, allowing time to find the interview room and compose yourself. During the interview, listen actively, maintain good posture, and engage with your interviewers by asking thoughtful questions. By showcasing your knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm, you can increase your chances of landing the job.

 

Questions to ask – Asking insightful questions during an interview not only demonstrates your genuine interest in the position but also helps you gather valuable information to make an informed decision. Prepare a list of questions in advance that delve into the company culture, team dynamics, and the role’s responsibilities. Consider asking about the company’s long-term goals, opportunities for professional development, and any challenges the team may be facing. Tailor your questions to the specific interviewers, showing that you’ve done your research. Asking thoughtful and relevant questions showcases your critical thinking skills and proactive attitude, leaving a positive impression on the interviewers.

 

Remember, these questions should be tailored to the specific company and role you are interviewing for. Asking these types of questions demonstrates your interest in the company’s technology landscape, work environment, and commitment to continuous learning and growth.

 

Some examples of questions to ask:

  • What are the top 3 goals for this position?
  • Can you share how my performance will be evaluated for this role?
  • Can you tell me more about the company’s technology stack and the tools/frameworks used for development?
  • How does the company support professional development and ongoing learning for technology professionals?
  • Can you provide some examples of recent or upcoming technology projects the team is working on?
  • How does the company foster collaboration and communication between technology teams and other departments?
  • How does the company promote innovation and encourage employees to contribute ideas?
  • Can you share information about the team structure and the roles I’ll be working closely with?

 

Preparing for certain questions – While you can’t predict every question you’ll be asked in an interview, there are common themes and types of questions that you can prepare for to increase your confidence. Begin by thoroughly reviewing the job description and identifying the key skills and qualifications required. Practice articulating your experiences and accomplishments, highlighting relevant examples that showcase your abilities. Prepare concise and confident responses for common interview questions such as “Tell me about yourself” or “Why are you interested in this role?” Additionally, be ready to discuss your strengths, weaknesses, and how you handle challenging situations. By anticipating and preparing for certain questions, you can effectively communicate your value and fit for the position. Remember to strike a balance between being prepared and maintaining authenticity in your responses.

 

Dress/attire – Your appearance plays a significant role in making a positive first impression during an interview. It’s important to dress professionally and appropriately for the occasion. When in doubt, it’s better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed. Research the company’s dress code and culture to align your attire with their expectations. Opt for well-fitted, clean, and wrinkle-free clothing. Stick to neutral colors and avoid excessive accessories or strong fragrances. Pay attention to personal grooming, ensuring that your hair, nails, and shoes are well-maintained. By presenting yourself in a polished and professional manner, you project confidence and respect for the opportunity.

Video – In today’s digital world, video interviews have become a common part of the hiring process. To make a positive impression, it’s essential to prepare accordingly. Prior to the interview, test your audio and video equipment to ensure they are working properly. Choose a quiet, well-lit location with a professional background. Dress professionally, just as you would for an in-person interview, as it shows your commitment and respect for the opportunity. Maintain good eye contact by looking directly at the camera and practice speaking clearly and concisely. Additionally, minimize distractions by silencing notifications on your devices. By following these tips, you can confidently navigate video interviews and present yourself as a strong candidate.

 

Additional tips include:

  • Try to use a PC or Mac (instead of mobile device) as it provides a more stable setting
  • Double-check your audio, video, and internet connection
  • Pick a distraction-free background and frame yourself from the chest up (you don’t want to have the “floating head” effect.
  • Make sure you’re in a well-lit room and the interviewer can see you clearly
  • Angle and eye contact are critical
  • Speak to the camera, with your camera positioned at eye-level (not above or below you)

 

Onsite – Onsite Interviews provide an opportunity to showcase your skills and personality face-to-face. Preparation is key to making a lasting impression. Research the company’s mission, values, and recent news to demonstrate your genuine interest and enthusiasm. Familiarize yourself with the job description and prepare examples that highlight your relevant experience and accomplishments. Dress professionally in a polished and appropriate manner, paying attention to the company’s dress code. Arrive early to the location, allowing time to find the interview room and compose yourself. During the interview, listen actively, maintain good posture, and engage with your interviewers by asking thoughtful questions. By showcasing your knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm, you can increase your chances of landing the job.

 

Questions to ask – Asking insightful questions during an interview not only demonstrates your genuine interest in the position but also helps you gather valuable information to make an informed decision. Prepare a list of questions in advance that delve into the company culture, team dynamics, and the role’s responsibilities. Consider asking about the company’s long-term goals, opportunities for professional development, and any challenges the team may be facing. Tailor your questions to the specific interviewers, showing that you’ve done your research. Asking thoughtful and relevant questions showcases your critical thinking skills and proactive attitude, leaving a positive impression on the interviewers.

 

Remember, these questions should be tailored to the specific company and role you are interviewing for. Asking these types of questions demonstrates your interest in the company’s technology landscape, work environment, and commitment to continuous learning and growth.

 

Some examples of questions to ask:

  • What are the top 3 goals for this position?
  • Can you share how my performance will be evaluated for this role?
  • Can you tell me more about the company’s technology stack and the tools/frameworks used for development?
  • How does the company support professional development and ongoing learning for technology professionals?
  • Can you provide some examples of recent or upcoming technology projects the team is working on?
  • How does the company foster collaboration and communication between technology teams and other departments?
  • How does the company promote innovation and encourage employees to contribute ideas?
  • Can you share information about the team structure and the roles I’ll be working closely with?

 

Preparing for certain questions – While you can’t predict every question you’ll be asked in an interview, there are common themes and types of questions that you can prepare for to increase your confidence. Begin by thoroughly reviewing the job description and identifying the key skills and qualifications required. Practice articulating your experiences and accomplishments, highlighting relevant examples that showcase your abilities. Prepare concise and confident responses for common interview questions such as “Tell me about yourself” or “Why are you interested in this role?” Additionally, be ready to discuss your strengths, weaknesses, and how you handle challenging situations. By anticipating and preparing for certain questions, you can effectively communicate your value and fit for the position. Remember to strike a balance between being prepared and maintaining authenticity in your responses.

 

Dress/attire – Your appearance plays a significant role in making a positive first impression during an interview. It’s important to dress professionally and appropriately for the occasion. When in doubt, it’s better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed. Research the company’s dress code and culture to align your attire with their expectations. Opt for well-fitted, clean, and wrinkle-free clothing. Stick to neutral colors and avoid excessive accessories or strong fragrances. Pay attention to personal grooming, ensuring that your hair, nails, and shoes are well-maintained. By presenting yourself in a polished and professional manner, you project confidence and respect for the opportunity.

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