How to Ace an Interview

An interview can be a nerve-wracking experience. Giving a good first impression, answering questions properly, and sending a sincere thank-you note are just a few things to keep in mind.

All these steps in the interview process can leave your palms a little clammy. Linda Spencer, assistant director and coordinator of Harvard Extension School career advising, details her knowledge about interviews and how to present your best face to an employer so you can ace your interview.

Successfully navigating through the interview process

Spencer discusses what to do before, during, and after an interview to show you how to ace an interview:

Do your research

Before going into an interview, you should know the CEO of the company, the details of your position, and other important facts about the job. It demonstrates your interest to the potential employer.

Prepare your stories

You should think of some short, relevant stories you can share with the interviewer that demonstrate your skills and expertise for the job.

Practice your responses

You don’t need to memorize your answers, but you should be well-rehearsed going into the interview.

Make a good first impression

Studies show that a potential employer sizes you up in seven seconds, so first impressions are crucial!

Be prepared for different types of interviews

You may have to just sit and answer questions, but you might have to demonstrate your skills or participate in a behavioral interview.

Steps to take after the interview

The interviewer may tell you the next steps, but if they don’t you should ask. And don’t forget to send a thank-you note!

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