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How to Ace an Interview: 5 Tips from a Harvard Career Advisor

In a YouTube video, career services advisor Linda Spencer runs through five basic tips for making the best of a job interview. The first is to do your research: identify your relevant qualifications, understand the position, and research the employer and its industry. Second, practice your responses to basic questions, and prepare a few relevant “show and tell” stories that demonstrate how you solve problems. Third, make a good first impression, which means being 10 minutes early, having a positive attitude, and also having a hearty handshake.

Fourth, be prepared for different kinds of interviews. There are three basic types: behavioral (“tell me about a time when…”), technical (case studies, solving algorithms, etc.), and Phone/Skype. For the phone interviews, try to use a landline or at least a very charged phone, and pace your speaking. On Skype, dress well, look at your camera, and make sure your background is not distracting or off-putting. Finally, establish the next steps for after the interview, if the interviewer does not do this, and make a closing statement expressing your interest and why you are a good fit. Then send a thank you email that reiterates your interest and qualifications. You can view the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHDrj0_bMQ0

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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