How to Ace an Interview: 5 Tips from a Harvard Career Advisor

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Learn how to prepare for your next interview with these 5 tips from career services advisor Linda Spencer.

Spencer discusses the following strategies in-depth so you can feel more confident throughout the interview process:

1. Do your research.
2. Practice your responses.
3. Make a good first impression.
4. Prepare for different types of interviews.
5. Determine next steps and follow through on them.

Linda Spencer is the assistant director of the Office of Career Services at Harvard.

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22 Responses

  1. KARL SUELLO says:

    I got hired as a customer.

  2. John Smith says:

    usually they've decided who gets the jopb before the interview.
    That way they keep pillocks like her in jobs.
    Not so true for more snr positions, but definitely so for grad trainees and all that BS.

  3. Dislexual says:

    lol. I'm watching this for an interview I have with homelessness. Wish me luck!

  4. Frank Collins says:

    Right off the bat this is bullshit. Her words are:

    "You want to know how you can meet the employers needs, how you can add value, and what you bring to the table"

    Isn't that three different ways of saying the exact same thing? No wonder women go into this career coaching bullshit!

  5. JoseJalapeno says:

    Did the lip slurping and editorial cutaways discourage anyone else?

  6. Wigga Studios says:

    damn this bitch sucks

  7. Casey5693 says:

    Man, I can't remember all of this. No wonder I've been underemployed/unemployed since I graduated college a year ago.

  8. Kendy B says:

    Preparing for a phone interview with Southwest airlines

  9. Momin Nz says:

    This is all utter rubbish. 1. have a good eye contact. 2. Good hand shake and 3. know what you are taking.

  10. more7337 says:

    Great in-depth article. One additional item I would add is to pick an ideal location.

    Make sure you set up in a place where you can comfortably talk.

    Coffee shops are only acceptable if the place is empty – the background noise level of your average Starbucks is too high for comfortable conversation. If you’re taking the interview from your current workplace, don’t take it at your desk. And never take a video interview from inside your car.

    The ideal location is a room in your home, in a library, or in a private conference room. Pick a location that is quiet, private, and well-lit.

    Pay attention to what is behind you! Hide anything you don’t want the interviewer to see – pets, children, laundry, or clutter. If you don’t have any better alternatives, swivel the camera around to show the wall behind you as a neutral background.

    You can find other tips here:

  11. Mas Mac says:

    I would also recommend taking a lot of mock interviews in order to get yourself comfortable with a couple people interviewing even if he don't know about the job star BS in your way through it just so that you can get comfortable with talking to from one person till like fried people because 5 people might be in a interview panel interviewing you and you want to make sure that your confidence level is stared and you're not nervous because of the amount of people

  12. M S says:

    I got a full time job at American Museum of Natural History in NYC as a Tour Guide, Thank you so much for your advices!

  13. M S says:

    You were on Survivor

  14. OakTree Brannon says:

    240 people don't know how to say thank you.

  15. Logan Lebleu says:

    haha fortnite pizza

  16. Howard B says:

    i did not pass my interview, thats why i came here. to learn, move forward and succeed

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  19. David Kalamafoni says:

    I’m watching this for Delta Airlines… wish me luck

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  21. ParkRangerJulio says:

    I’ll use these tips for my interview at McDonald’s.

  22. epic old account says:

    i have a job interview at publix in 3 days im so nervous lol but i feel confident

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