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Crack Your First Interview In 2021 | For College Students

Updated: May 9, 2021

The interview is one of the most critical parts of the hiring process. It gives you a chance to impress the hiring manager with not only your skills and qualifications but also your confidence and how you carry yourself in person. Taking the necessary steps to prepare for your interview in advance can increase your confidence before you walk into the interview. In this article, we discuss 10 steps you can take to nail your next interview.

How to nail an interview

Follow these tips to stand out from other candidates and nail your next job interview.

  1. Do your research.

  2. Prepare an elevator pitch.

  3. Study your resume.

  4. Study the job description.

  5. Use the STAR method.

  6. Create a strong first impression.

  7. Be prepared for small talk.

  8. Body language.

  9. Be prepared with questions.

  10. Follow-up letter.

1. Do your research

Before your interview, set aside time to research the company, as knowledge about the company indicates a clear interest in the role. Review not only the company website, but also their social media pages to better understand the company culture. Look for any recent awards, accomplishments, initiatives and current events, especially those that could be relevant to the role for which you're applying. Throughout the interview, try to find opportunities to reference what you learned during your research to show that you have done your homework. Studies show that hiring managers are more likely to hire candidates who have knowledge of the company.

2. Prepare an elevator pitch

By preparing an elevator pitch, you'll have a succinct and convincing answer to the questions, 'tell me about yourself.' As you are creating an elevator pitch, try coming up with a story about what inspired you to get into this line of work or where, in your childhood, you demonstrated evidence of your passion for the field. Also, emphasize the relevant skills you have that align with those the company is looking for in a candidate.

3. Study your resume

During an interview, the hiring manager can reference anything included in your resume. For this reason, it's important to be able to speak intelligently about each of your previous positions, the skills you used in those roles and how they transfer to the position for which you're applying. Study your resume before the interview and know it well.