No matter how prepared a job-seeker—especially a new graduate—may be, interviewing for a job is stressful. In a recent LinkedIn article, Necessary Job Interview Preparations, Ivan Dimitrijevic, CEO and co-founder of his own digital media and online marketing agency, shares his top insights to prep for the interview process, including:
Planning for Different Scenarios
While every interview is different, there are some questions that seem to appear again and again. This article lists examples such as, "What kind of person you consider yourself to be?”, “What are your greatest strengths?”, Why do you want this job?”, “Why do you think you should get the job?”, and “Where do you see yourself in 3 or 5 years?”, among others. Keep in mind that your answers may determine the direction of the rest of the interview, and thinking about and even rehearsing answers to predictable questions is a great way for you to steer the meeting in a direction that shows you at your best.
Taking Time on Your Appearance
First impressions count, so make sure you dress the part. The best approach is picking "something that makes you look professional, but at the same time gives you enough comfort... This is an amazing opportunity for you to show that you care about how you look and how diligent and meticulous you really are. These are the qualities that the employer will appreciate," shares Dimitrijevic.
Surviving the Interview
Though many times you may be interviewed by more than one person, Dimitrijevic states that "you should bear in mind that it is a two way street, and that you can also ask questions. Make sure you ask something relevant, and that will show just how much you are interested in the job, but don’t ask questions that can make you seem uninformed."