- Do your Research. It is important for you to research the agency, position description, and mission statement before your interview. Also, you may want to check if your agency is on social media. Check out if there have been any relevant news stories or announcements posted. These could yield important talking points to be used in the interview and are signals that you have invested time learning about the agency.
- Practice. Practice. Practice. Yes, you do need to do your homework before heading into an interview! You want to make sure you are well prepared. Practice how you would answer common interview questions. Practicing these out loud will help you reflect upon what answers need refining. Also, be prepared to speak about your resume and your experience. You want to make sure you are being concise and adding details, but not just restating what is already written on paper. Use this as an opportunity to fill in the gaps and bring your resume to life.
- Highlight your special qualities. Empower your interviewer to see your unique qualities shine! Highlight what skills set you apart from other candidates. You may have specialized training or skills that will be an asset to the position. Showing your personality will give insight into your compatibility with the company and the position.
- Ask thoughtful questions. You will want to ask questions that are meaningful and curious. However, your questions should remain professional and on topic. Avoid asking questions just to fill the space. Have a few questions jotted down in advance so that you are prepared to ask them at the end of the interview.
- Be mindful of body language. Your body language can say a lot, whether you intend it to or not. Interviewers will take note of your gestures, eye contact, and posture. When preparing for the interview, it may be helpful to have someone to practice your answers with, simulating a “mock” interview. They can take note of your body language and give you tips and feedback. Your energy level is also important. Make sure you have an appropriate energy level that is not too high or low. Things to avoid include: chewing gum, playing with your hair, and staring obsessively at your resume or notes.
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