An impressive resume will land you a job interview; but ultimately, a successful interview is the one that lands you the job. Job interviews are intimidating and stressful, but if you put in the work and prepare beforehand you‘ll be confident, make a great first impression and secure a job offer. Here are five ways to prepare for your job interview.
Analyze the Job Description
What does the position require? What qualifications are needed? Make a list of your skills, qualifications, and qualities that match the job description and be prepared to use these along with examples to show why you would be the best candidate for the job.
Research the Company
Research, research, research! Do your due diligence of the company you are interviewing with. Visit their website, review the company’s background, their mission statement, who their clients are and if there were any recent press releases. Show the interviewer you are interested in the company and the job. This prepares you to answer company related questions and also helps you come up with questions of your own.
At a job interview, your potential employer will ask questions to learn more about you, your skills and to see how well you can handle yourself. Review common job interview questions and how you would respond. Try to conduct a practice interview with a friend or family member ahead of time. This is a great way to prepare your talking points and practice your interview answers. Remember to practice interview etiquette during your mock interview.
Interview etiquette is very important. You want to make a good impression from the moment you walk into the building.
- Remember to be pleasant and courteous with everyone you meet and always greet the receptionist. Many times an interviewer will ask the receptionist for their first impression of the candidates.
- Watch your body language during the interview. Shake hands firmly, sit up straight and make eye contact throughout the interview.
- Be attentive, pay attention and look interested. Also, be patient. Wait until the interviewer is done talking before you speak.
Asking questions and participating during an interview is a great way to show your enthusiasm and interest for the position. It’s also a great way to get a feel for the position and company, to find out if this job is right for you. Think of questions beforehand that you’d like to ask regarding the position you are interviewing for. It’s not always easy thinking on your feet when you’re in the hot chair at an interview. Below is a list of sample questions to ask at your next interview.
Can you walk me through the typical work day?
What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this position?
How would you describe the work environment here?
Are there any benefits or perks the company offers?
Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
Does the company offer any educational or training opportunities?
What’s the next step of this process?
Is there any other information you need from me?
What’s the address? Will there be traffic? Is there parking available? What floor will you be going to? These are all questions you want answered before you head out on the day of your interview to make sure you get to the interview on time. You want to avoid running late and getting stressed.
Use a GPS or mobile app to get directions to your destination if you’re not sure where you are going. Find out how long it takes to get there and give yourself a few extra minutes to arrive a little early to the interview.
Best of luck! We know you’ll knock it out of the park.
Need help picking out your interview outfit or not sure what to bring to the interview? Checkout our other posts from our job interview series.
By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy