This post is all about practice interview tips that work. You might think that wearing a freshly dry-cleaned suit, sporting a new haircut and doling out canned answers to explain your greatest strengths and weaknesses will help you ace your upcoming interview. After all, if a hiring manager likes you enough to bring you in for an interview, your resume must prove that you are the perfect fit for the role.
The job market is highly competitive, even for jobs in the high tech industry with a shortage of qualified applicants. While there might be a dearth of software engineers out there (221,000 unfilled coding jobs in the US alone), the bar is high for the best roles, and they are not easy to get.
There is also a lot of conflicting (and potentially harmful) advice out there when it comes to acing your job interview. Some people say to “take control of the conversation” as quickly as possible. Others say to just focus on “being yourself” (what does that even mean?).
Both are terrible advice.
Having interviewed for many jobs, helped my coaching clients prep for theirs and consulted with many interview experts, here are some of the critical things I’ve discovered that any job hunter should keep in mind for their next interview.