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Career Coaching: Ace the Interview/Navigating Common Interview Questions

Watch the best moments from our exciting group career coaching session! This free session was organized in collaboration with non-profits SkillUp Coalition and InsideTrack. We've condensed the recording to enhance your viewing experience.

Ace the Interview/Navigating Common Interview Questions

This webinar will teach you how to use the PAR method (Problem, Action, Result) to impress hiring managers during your next interview. The PAR method will help you craft strong accomplishment stories that highlight your relevant experiences. You will also get a chance to practice interviewing with a career coach, giving you valuable experience and helping you learn the secrets to interviewing success.

The Power of Preparation

Before the interview even begins, preparation is key. Here are some golden nuggets to get you started:

  • Research, Research, Research: Immerse yourself in the company's website, social media, and mission statement. Understanding their values and goals allows you to demonstrate alignment during the interview.
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Rehearse your answers to common interview questions. Consider using flashcards or role-playing with a partner to hone your communication skills.
  • Know Your Worth: Prepare a clear and concise elevator pitch highlighting your top three strengths and experiences.
  • Be Tech-Savvy: If it's a virtual interview, ensure a professional background, good lighting, and muted notifications. Dress professionally and consider having a notepad handy for taking notes.
  • Questions are Key: Prepare insightful questions for the interviewer demonstrating your genuine interest in the role and the company.
  • Self-Care Matters: Get a good night's sleep, eat healthy, and arrive early to feel calm and collected on interview day.

Conquering the Interview

The interview day has arrived! Here are some tips to help you navigate the experience:

  • Be Present: Arrive on time, greet the interviewer with a firm handshake, and make eye contact.
  • Listen Actively: Pay close attention to the interviewer's questions. If unsure, clarify before responding.
  • Storytelling is Powerful: When answering questions, use the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to showcase your accomplishments and problem-solving skills with impactful examples.
  • Connect the Dots: Link your responses back to the company's needs and how your skills and experience can contribute to their success.
  • Be Enthusiastic: Express your genuine interest in the position and the company.

Beyond the Interview

The interview is over, but the work's not done yet!

  • Thank You Note: Send a prompt thank-you note to the interviewer reiterating your interest in the position."

By following these tips and practicing effective communication, you can approach your next interview with confidence and leave a lasting impression. Remember, interviews are a two-way street. While you're being evaluated, you're also evaluating the company to see if it's a good fit for you.

Tools for Success

Common Interview Questions

Ted Talk: What I Learned in 32 Interviews

Practice Your Interview Skills

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