Nailing the Interview: Your Guide to Success
Nailing the Interview: Your Guide to Success
April 29, 2024

Congratulations! You've landed an interview – that's a fantastic first step towards getting your dream job. But now comes the important part: making sure you impress the interviewer and showcase why you're the perfect candidate. At GREAT, we want to equip you with the tools you need to put your best foot forward.

Interviews can be daunting, but with the right preparation, you can turn them into powerful opportunities to showcase your skills and personality. Whether you're a seasoned professional or entering the job market for the first time, following these simple tips will help you make a memorable impression and increase your chances of landing the job.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to before, during, and after the interview process:



Research Thoroughly

Begin by thoroughly researching the company that has invited you for an interview. Understanding the organization’s culture, mission, and the specifics of the department you're applying to allows you to tailor your responses and questions effectively. This demonstrates not only your interest in the role but also your diligence and readiness to integrate into their environment.

Review Job Materials

Carefully review the job advertisement and any additional materials provided by the hiring manager. Make note of the key responsibilities and required skills. This will help you to focus on relevant experiences and competencies during your interview.

Prepare Your Pitch

Prepare a concise summary of who you are professionally: outline your work experience, education, and key skills, highlighting how they align with the needs of the position. This pitch is your chance to articulate why you are the ideal candidate for the job.

Use the STAR Method

Identify examples from your previous work, school, or volunteer experiences where you have demonstrated the skills listed in the job ad. Structure these examples using the STAR method:

👉 Situation: Set the scene and give necessary details of your example.
👉 Task: Describe what your responsibility was in that situation.
👉 Action: Explain exactly what steps you took to address it.
👉 Result: Share what outcomes your actions achieved. Use numbers to quantify your success if possible.



Make a Strong First Impression

Whether in-person or online, the first impression counts. For an in-person interview, know the location in advance. Take the time to plan your route and travel time and aim to arrive early. Before any virtual interviews, it’s important to test your technology, check your internet connection, and ensure your video and audio are clear. Bonus tip…consider what your camera background conveys about you.

Communicate Clearly and Confidently

Introduce yourself with confidence, make eye contact, and be mindful of your body language. Use the STAR method to describe your experiences, ensuring you highlight your individual contributions, especially when discussing teamwork.

Ask Insightful Questions

Toward the end of the interview, ask thoughtful questions that reflect your research and interest in the role. This shows you are proactive and genuinely interested in the opportunities at the company.

Provide References

Have a list of professional references ready — people who can attest to your skills and experiences. Choose references from different parts of your life who can provide a well-rounded view of your character and work ethic.



Follow Up

Send a thank-you email to the interviewer within 24 hours of the interview, expressing your appreciation for the opportunity and reiterating your interest in the role. This keeps the communication line open and keeps you on the interviewer’s mind.

Reflect and Request Feedback

Use the interview as a learning tool. Reflect on what went well and what could be improved. If appropriate, ask for feedback on your performance to help you refine your approach in future interviews.


Following these steps can help you approach your interview with confidence. Remember, every interview is a learning experience and an opportunity to network and grow professionally. Good luck!


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