10 interview tips to help you prepare

By: Verizon Careers

Our Verizon recruiters share a simple checklist for putting your best foot forward during the interview process.

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Congrats! You’ve reached the interview stage of the hiring process and you’re one step closer to landing your dream job. Whether this is your first-ever interview or something you’ve done before, we understand that these meetings can be nerve-racking. 

To help you conquer your interview, we’ve put together a list of our best interview tips with the help of our recruiters.

Recruiter Rana T. shares her top three interview tips for candidates.

1. Do your research. 

Make sure you have a good grasp of the role you’re applying for and the company as a whole. You’ll want to know everything from the hiring process, the key responsibilities of your desired role, and the company’s culture and values. Most of this information can be found on our Verizon Careers site.

2. Brainstorm. 

Your interviewer will ask a variety of questions ranging from your skills to what you’re looking for in a job. A key step in preparing is to brainstorm ways to answer any question that may come your way. The way to conquer this step is to find ways to align your skills and experiences with the job and company.  

3. Think beyond the resume.

Don’t assume that the interviewer will know who you are simply from reading your resume. One of our best interview tips is to come to your interview ready to talk about specific examples and stories from your work experience and background. 

4. Practice makes perfect. 

Mock interviews are a great way to prepare. Practicing responses to common interview questions can help you know what to expect in your actual interview. 

If you’re participating in a video interview, you may also want to conduct a test run with your equipment to make sure everything is working properly before logging in.

5. Be ready. 

Jot down a few questions about the company or position ahead of time. This is your chance to get to know us too, so take the opportunity. You’ll never know until you ask.

You can also get ready by getting a good night’s sleep. Being well-rested will help keep you steady throughout the day. 

6. Dress for success. 

When you look good, you feel good - and it shows. Whether your interview is in-person or virtual, pick out your outfit ahead of time, down to your socks and shoes. This will prevent any last-minute wardrobe mishaps and give you a few extra minutes to get ready that day. 

7. Avoid distractions. 

To focus on the task at hand, turn off the notifications on your phone. You can catch up afterward. Take this one step further and set your phone to silent. 

8. Relax and breathe. 

It's normal to be nervous. But remember that once things get started, the butterflies will fade. If you’ve done your homework and made time to prepare, this should be smooth sailing. You’ve got this!  

9. Don’t rush! 

After hearing the question, pause to collect your thoughts before giving an answer. You’ll come across as more composed and offer deeper insights versus saying the first thing that comes to mind.

10. Be yourself. 

This is the best way for us to get to know each other. Rather than putting on a performance, be open and honest. Ultimately, we’re interested in learning how we could work together.

From interviewee to top-tier V Teamer. 

Senior Technical Recruiter Ian C. shares the story of a candidate who excelled in his interview and is now a V Teamer.

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