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- You must know the company you are interviewing for. No matter how senior or junior you are, you need to show you have done your homework. Check websites, products, news, social media and be ready to give an opinion on them.
- You must know your stuff. Using little white lies to say you know perfectly something you just started looking at (but you are keen to learn really well even before you start) is okay, but showing off experience or skills you completely don't have may be risky. You may get away with it, but be prepared to study a lot. Do not say that you created something you just saw someone else create (or that you managed a project you were only interning for) because you will get caught, eventually.
- You need to be calm and positive. Going for an interview can be quite nerve-wrecking but unfortunately showing that to possible hirers doesn't really help. They want someone confident, not only skilled. Leave your nerves outside the office door and smile. Smiling will help you calm down.
- Be your best self but still be yourself. All the BS you read about putting a mask and show your best part ... great, but remember you also want to be hired for who you are, so show your personality (but yes, do control it if you tend to be over-enthusiastic or over-pessimistic).
- Remember you are judging them as much as they are judging you. So ask things that matter to you, and listen. And see how they answer. Their body language is important too, not only yours. If who is interviewing you will also be your boss, make sure you understand if you can work together before getting out of that interview. If there is no connection, you may want to be the one to exclude a second interview.
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