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General Interviewing Tips

Don't talk poorly about other companies

Never talk down on yourself or anyone else. Be confidant in yourself and experiences and always speak highly of previous employers.

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Be prepared to speak about your resume and your experiences

Be prepared to speak about your resume and the experiences you have had. More often than not interview questions will encompass behavioral and situational questions. Spend some time looking up these types of questions so you will have potential answers ready if these types of questions are asked. Lastly, come to the interview prepared with questions to ask about the company based on research you have done along with questions specific to the position you applied for. This will show the recruiter/hiring manager your interest in the company and the position.

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Have an elevator pitch ready

It crosses all industries and is a skill everyone should cultivate. Your elevator pitch is 3 things: 30 seconds. What's your skill? What's your ask?

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Remember the STAR technique

STAR allows you to fully respond to questions in this format. STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action and Response. If you position your responses in a star format it allows you to be short and concise with your answers. It also provides insight to the interviewer on your response to situation in the workplace or in school.

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Have a cover letter that reinforces your resume

My recommendations are to first off ensure that your resume is in top form. You can search online for sample resumes to use that are relevant to your area of experience. Then make sure your cover letter reinforces the fact that you have some great experience that you can bring to your next organization. Also include your desire for new learning and challenges, so that the hiring manager/recruiter can see that you aren't looking to stay stagnant.

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Everyone knows you’ll be talking about yourself

The job interview is the one setting in which it is professionally understood that you will be talking well of yourself.

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If you don’t know the answer to a question, just be honest

It's best to be honest during the interview when you do not know the answer to a question rather than try to fudge your way through it - the interviewers will notice and that will be worse than admitting you don't know.

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If you don’t know the answer to a question, just be honest

Answer all the questions honestly. If you don't know, you don't know.

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If a question doesn’t make sense it’s okay to ask the interviewer to clarify a question

The last thing you want to do in this situation is ramble. I would first ask some clarifying questions to ensure you understand the question.

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You may be asked to complete a cognitive, skills or personality test

[M]any employers utilize cognitive, competency, and personality testing nowadays.

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