It’s not a secret that all of us practice with friends before a job interview and practice is very important! However, practice with a professional who can give you feedback to help with applying and interviewing for your dream job can be even more valuable. FLEX Alumni Armenia held a public event where mentees of FLEX Alumni Armenia Mentoring Program went through this experience. Here are tips on overcoming common mistakes for those who missed the event.
Before the interview:
- Many mentees applied for jobs that they weren’t 100% qualified for. Advice from mentors was, “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.” Before applying for any job, have general knowledge of the field, look through the requirements very carefully and, if you don’t satisfy one of them, make sure you have alternative qualities and skills that make up for it.
- Another mistake was lacking knowledge of job-related technical tools. Be sure to show your expertise in the field and that you know how to use the tools used in that field. If you don’t know how to use these tools, be ready to demonstrate that you are capable of learning new tools and have been actively developing yourself in that area.
During the interview:
- If your answer requires to write or draw something don’t try to imitate it with your hands or say it out loud, write it on the paper. You can also use the paper and the pen to make notes, and to write down any possible questions. As our mentor said, “The paper and pen in front of you are not decorations, you are supposed to use them.”
- Long answers aren’t always good answers. Sometimes mentees were carried away on some points and failed to completely answer what was asked. Be sure to give clear and concise answers to each question without going into unnecessary details.
Ending the interview:
- Answering “no” to the question “Do you have any questions” is the wrong answer! Interviews are not just about answering questions, employers expect thoughtful questions from you that show that you are interested in the position and want to be great in that role.
- Leaving the interview without knowing next steps is a bad idea and may show that you aren’t interested. If the interview doesn’t offer this information, be sure to ask, “what are the next steps”.
- Be sure to thank the interviewer!