What's the best interview advice you ever received?

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Do not tell the interviewer what he/she already knows. [e.g., everything you wrote on your resume].Be honest about your weaknesses and humble about your strengths. Take the time to research the company and the job, and ask questions of your own.
When they say "tell me about yourself" don't just tell them where you were born and what your major is. Tell them a story about why you are passionate about the industry that you are trying to break into.
To do some research on the company beforehand! You don't want to go in knowing nothing about the place and end up looking foolish during the interview because you don't know a basic piece of info about the company.
While it's important to be polite and professional during an interview, I've also found that it's extremely important to just be yourself. You want to make sure that the position you're interviewing for is the right fit for you, so trying to force yourself to be the person you think your interviewer wants to see can only harm you in the end. Plus, if your interviewer is experienced, they can probably tell when you're being insincere. Always tell the truth and if it doesn't work out in the end, it's probably because the job or company wasn't the best fit for you--and that's completely okay. You're better off working somewhere where you feel like you're valued for being who you are, rather than feeling like you have to be someone you're not.
Always ask questions at the end. Always! At the end of the interview, when they ask you if you have any questions, never say that you don't. Interviewers want to know your thoughts and what kind of questions you come up with. A great question to ask is "What do you expect from someone in this position in order for them to be successful?" It may be questions you don't really care about, but just make sure to ask at least three. You want to sound interested in the position and show that you are a close listener.
The best interview advice I have ever received is to do extensive research on the person and the company I am interviewing for and integrating that information into the interview without it sounding robotic or fake. I like to find a little bit of information on the company for every single question that the interview may potentially ask that I can weave into my answer in a natural way. Also, it is always important to be polite, but also make sure to stay true to yourself!
Treat interviews as conversations--that is, don't treat them as unidirectional. Remember you are interviewing the employer just as much as they're interviewing you. You need to find out if this employer would support you the way you need to be supported: are they kind? are they responsive and proactive? would they understand your philosophies and respect you as a person? Know that an interview goes both ways, and be sure to ask them questions when the time comes. Treating interviews as conversations helps you feel more relaxed about them, and will help you deliver better answers to the interviewer's questions. It's never fun to feel like you're being grilled and scrutinized at every moment, and a unidirectional conversation, what most people think of when they think about job interviews, is artificial. You want to ensure you give the best answers and responses that you can give, and one way to relieve the pressure is to remind yourself that the interview goes both ways and you have the agency to decide whether an employer is right for you just like the interviewer is trying to decide if you're the right employee to hire. Lack of confidence in interviews often comes from a perception that you have less agency or less power in interview situations, so remember you have power as well!
The best advice I've received regarding job interviews is that it's okay to take a moment to think. It's okay to start with, "Wow, that's a tough one..." before rushing into the first thing that comes to mind. Don't let your nerves get the best of you and remember that everyone has been in an interview before... and everyone has had to think about their answers. A quality answer is much better than how fast you can answer.
The most important piece of advice is to prepare! People who interview lots of people often tell me that many people think they can just wing it, but interviewers can always tell who is prepared and who isn't. So, as dorky as it sounds, practice your answers to some really basic interview questions. Say them out loud, play around with your word choice. Also, it is absolutely crucial that you do some research on the company beforehand. If you can tie in your goals with the company's goals, even better. Lastly, think of a good question to ask at the end. Many people don't utilize this opportunity to showcase their interest in a position. One of my favorite questions to ask is: what is your favorite thing about working here?
Make eye contact! Even though it may seem kind of uncomfortable, it's a super important thing to remember and do while you're in an interview! If you're interviewing with more than one person, look at each person for a few seconds before moving to the next one, rather than just staring at one person the whole time and ignoring whoever else is in the room. Don't be too intense with the eye contact though as it can seem aggressive. Find that eye contact sweet spot and you'll be golden!

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