You’ve worked hard to gain the necessary qualifications and experience to get a job at your favourite tech company. You’ve polished your CV and written the perfect cover letter. All your hard work has paid off; they have offered you an interview for your dream job. Now what?

Interviews make some people nervous and even if they don’t usually when it’s a job you really want, it’s easy to feel the pressure build. You don’t want to get so close to your ideal career, just to let it slip through your fingers at the last minute. The best way to be successful at an interview is to prepare well. Here are some tips to help you do that.

1. Learn About the Company’s Culture

If everyone wears jeans to work, you don’t want to turn up to the interview in a suit. Learn about the culture at the company so you can match your outfit and your language to that of the workplace. If you can’t find out much in advance dress in clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident. Be polite and professional in your speech, and then mirror the language and demeanour of your interviewers.

2. Be Prepared to Showcase Your Soft Skills

Once invited to an interview, your skills and experience are no longer the most important things. If you weren’t capable of doing the job, you wouldn’t have made it this far. Now you need to show that you will be an asset to the team. If you have the opportunity to strike up conversations with the other members of staff, then do so. If someone in the office has a dog, go over and pet it. Treat your interview like your first day and introduce yourself to the people you meet.

3. Find Out What the Interview Process Is And Prepare For It

As soon as they offer you an interview, you should ask them what the interview involves. Sometimes tech interviews will require you to showcase specific skills or they may have some other unusual elements. If you know about these beforehand, you’re more likely to deal with them confidently. If it requires you to do a presentation or complete a test, it’s best to know in advance. You should practice presentations beforehand. You can even film yourself giving them so you can see how you look.

4. Prepare to Answer And Ask Questions

Most interviews will involve a question-and-answer session, look up common questions for your chosen field and have pre-prepared answers ready for them. Another important part of preparing for the interview is to have questions to ask them. Your questions should show off your knowledge of the company or be used to highlight your skills that haven’t come up in the interview.

5. Follow Up with Whoever Makes The Final Decision

Once you leave your interview you might think that it’s now up to fate if you get the job or not. This isn’t entirely true, there’s still one more thing you should do. After the interview send the hiring manager a follow up email, thanking them for the opportunity and reiterating your interest in the role. Many sought after positions have dozens of people interviewing for them making you blend into the crowd. A follow up email will make you stand out and keep your name in the forefront of their mind. If you got the interview through a recruiter send them the email to forward onto the hiring manager.

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