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How can I prepare for an interview?
The list of common things you can do to prepare for an interview is already pretty known.
Read about the company, prepare on the subjects you might be asked about during the conversation, dress acordingly to the company standard (that can be more or less formal depending on the companies), read all the books about job interviews (actually don't, at least not all of them!).
The great question is, what else can you do to be fully prepared? Advice number 1: relax, yes you will be evaluated by the person who is interviewing you but you are also evaluating their side. "Is this the company you want to work for, is this the right project for you, will the salary, career progression and personal development be the ones you are looking for?".

Another important advice is to never pretend to be someone you are not. This includes, straight up lying (which is a big NO as you will probably get caught eventually), and trying to agree with everything that is told or questioned about you with no second thoughts. Yes, sometimes if you don't pretend a little bit you won't get the job, but if you pretend to be something you are not, the chances are you'll probably end up getting a job you never wanted, in a company you never aimed for and having to go through all the process again in a couple of months.

Can we help you prepare for your next interview or maybe find the perfect match between your goals and the next step in your career? Drop me a line! I'm happy to have a chat about it with you.
In an interview, what's the most valuable thing that the interviewer will focus on to consider me a good candidate?
That's a great question. Besides the technical aspects of the interview, the projects you've delt with and all your expertise, it is important to show that you are motivated to know more about the company, that you've done your homework and you know what you are truly looking for in your next career step.

Make a list of "most valuable things" in your next career step, and show confidence and empathy at the same time towards your interviewer. You should also show flexibility. It's ok to have your own point of view, but it is also very important to show flexibility towards the other person's point of view.
If you're having a tough time figuring out which direction you'd like to go next, or how to get there, I can help you build a tailored career plan. At KWAN we'll also help with your soft skills to make sure you shine as a good candidate on your next interview. :)