An interview is by far the most important part of the hiring process. It gives the company a chance to get a live preview of who you actually are.
We’ve written a lot about interviewing on the Praxis blog. We’ve covered how to land a job interview, how to answer questions with confidence, how to differentiate yourself from other applicants, how to demonstrate your ability to create value, and ultimately how to be likable and get the job.
Here is your mass list of Praxis resources on interviewing, so you have it all in one place!
- How to Land an Interview Without the Credential – First you have to actually get the interview. The first step is to not skip applying to opportunities just because you don’t have all the credentials they’re looking for. It’s really really hard for companies to find good help. If you can prove you have something more interesting than a run-of-the-mill degree, chances are they’ll bite anyway. If you show them you can create value, companies will be hungry for and your degree or lack thereof will end up becoming irrelevant. This article outlines step-by-step how to stand out and land an interview the right way.
- A Quick Tip to Improve Interviews – Go into the interview with the right mentality. “It’s not about getting it right, it’s about getting to know each other.” When asked a question in an interview the instinctive reaction is to scan your brain for the “right” answer. Relax and don’t overthink it. Answer questions as if you were talking to a friend and the goal was for them to really understand the real you. The goal is not to get it right so they pick you, but to get to know them and let them get to know you, so that if it’s a good match, it will almost seem inevitable.
- Kill Your Next Interview With These Tips – There’s no formula to interviewing. In reality, it’s more like dating. Interviews are used to figure out if somebody meets certain criteria and if the person is somebody that the team would want to bring back and be around on a day-to-day basis. Like dating, there are certain traits and strategies that can be used to increase the likelihood that things go well. This article offers a few tips that will help you impress in your next interview.
- How to Nail An Interview When You Lack Relevant Experience – People often assume they don’t have relevant enough experience to get a job. They often don’t think their past experience is respectable enough, and they don’t realize that 9 times out of 10, their soft skills (attitude, mindset, work ethic, etc.) compensate for their lack of hard skills. There is no such thing as irrelevant work experience. Your experiences are far more transferable than you think. This article provides concrete steps for how to effectively sell your seemingly “irrelevant” work experience in an interview.
- How to Interview Like a Praxian – In this article, hear from 8 Praxis participants and alumni for their perspectives on best interview tips. Praxis participants are, on average, 18-22 years old, usually don’t have degrees, and are interviewing for jobs against people 3+ years older than them. And yet, they all successfully landed jobs with high-growth companies. Skills and work experience definitely help, but when push comes to shove, the way they present themselves in an interview is what makes the difference.
- 5 Quick Tips for Skype Interviews – In this day and age, video interviews are extremely common and sometimes the norm. It’s important you be comfortable with them. This article touches on a few small but important things that many otherwise excellent candidates often overlook, and it diminishes the positive impact of their interview.
- Always Ask Questions at the End of an Interview – A huge rookie mistake is coming into an interview without preparing any questions to ask the interviewer. It makes you look uninterested and uninvested in the company and the job you’re applying for. Before you interview, take some time to be genuinely curious about the company and come up with some questions to ask.