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Interview Wisdom: 26 Quick Lessons

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I've conducted more than 400 interviews. Here are 26 invaluable lessons you can learn in <2 mins:

26. Always highlight the impact of your work, ideally using quantitative measures.
25. Reflect on your performance after the interview, regardless of the outcome.
24. Indicate the scope of your projects to show the scale of your experience.
23. Use recent examples that best showcase your skills and responsibilities. 
22. Only provide as much context as necessary to understand the situation.
21. Vary your examples across interviews to display breadth of experience. 
20. Be clear about your role and scope when discussing your experience. 
19. Be truthful, even if that means admitting you don't know the answer. 
18. Research the company's culture, role and requirements thoroughly. 
17. Discuss your career aspirations and how the role aligns with them.
16. Make your individual contributions clear from those of others. 
15. Provide a brief summary before delving into complex topics. 
14. Come prepared with thoughtful questions to ask at the end. 
13. Pause to collect your thoughts when stuck or are fumbling. 
12. Listen attentively and integrate the interviewer's feedback. 
11. Answer questions directly, without going off on tangents. 
10. Be prepared to discuss detailed aspects of your projects. 
9. Use detailed descriptions to showcase your knowledge. 
8. Show enthusiasm for the role you're interviewing for. 
7. Avoid unexplained acronyms or internal references.
6. Prepare a concise yet compelling self-introduction. 
5. Discuss complex examples from your work history. 
4. Contextualize challenges to showcase complexity.
3. Recognize that interviewers want you to succeed.
2. Don't hesitate to ask for clarifications.
1. Have fun with it!