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How to prepare for an interview?

Preparing for an interview might seem intimidating, but there are several steps you can take to prepare yourself for a successful interview. 

 1. Carefully read the job description

Your satisfaction with a job is determined by your daily tasks. Ask yourself if the tasks will engage the skills you enjoy utilizing so you will be motivated by the work and more likely to succeed in the position. Make a list of your important skills and circle the ones that you have most enjoyed applying to previous jobs, volunteer work, academic assignment. As you read through the job description and discuss the position during the interview, apply your list of skills to see if it matches up with the job. 

2. Consider why you are interviewing and your qualifications

Before your interview, you should have a good understanding of why you want the job and why you’re qualified. You should be prepared to explain your interest in the opportunity and why you’re the best person for the role.

3. Perform research on the company and role

For many employees, an important factor of how much they like their job is determined by how well the culture of the company blends with their values and lifestyle. What is the dress code, formal or informal? Does the company value innovation? Do decisions flow from top management down or is the process more democratic? Is work/ life balance encouraged or are employees expected to work overtime? It is important that you fit within the company culture and share a similar personality and values.

4. Consider your answers to common interview questions

While you won’t be able to predict every question you’ll be asked in an interview, there are a few common questions you can plan answers for. You might also consider developing an elevator pitch that quickly describes who you are, what you do and what you want. 

Here are some most common interview questions: 

  • Tell me about yourself 
  • What are your strengths? 
  • What are your weaknesses? 
  • Why are you interested in this job/ company? 
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? 
5. Practice your speaking voice and body language

It’s important to make a positive and lasting impression during the interview process. You can do this by practicing a confident, strong speaking voice and friendly, open body language. You may want to spend some time performing interviews with trusted friends or family or in front of a mirror. Pay special attention to your smile, handshake and stride.

6. Prepare several thoughtful questions for the interviewer(s)

Many employers feel confident about candidates who ask thoughtful questions about the company and the position. You should take time before the interview to prepare several questions for your interviewer(s) that show you’ve researched the company and are well-versed about the position. Some examples of questions you could ask include:

  • What does a typical day look like for a person in this position?
  • Why do you enjoy working here?
  • What qualities do your most successful employees have?
  • I’ve really enjoyed learning more about this opportunity. What are the next steps in the hiring process?
7. Print hard copies of your resume

Most employers ask for digital copies of your resume with the application, but they may not have easy access to it during the interview itself. Having copies to present to multiple interviewers shows that you’re prepared and organized. You should have at least three copies to provide for multiple interviewers, plus one for yourself to follow along.

8. Prepare your travel arrangements

To avoid becoming too anxious for your commute, prepare yourself to ensure everything goes smoothly on the day of the meeting. 

  • Leave early: This may seem obvious, but it’s better to leave with plenty of time to get to your interview, even if it means arriving way too early. Even if you leave yourself a few extra minutes to get there, small obstacles can be enough to make you late, such as heavy traffic, accidents, no parking or trouble finding the building. If you arrive too early, just use the time to go over your notes and mentally prepare for your interview.
  • Save the interview contact information: Even with plenty of time for your commute, sometimes situations out of your control can still cause you to be late. If something happens and you know you’ll be a little late, call your interview coordinator and make them aware of the situation. Most people are empathetic to these situations and understand that some things just can’t be helped, especially if you’re letting them know in advance and have a reasonable explanation. In this situation, the worst thing you could do is show up late without any notice and try to explain yourself.
  • Search the location in advance: Most interviews are scheduled days or weeks in advance, so you have time to research the location. If your interview is close enough, you can take a day to go to the location and check out the parking, take note of the traffic and find the suite or office where your interview will be. 
9. Get ready to follow up after the interview

After your interview, you should prepare to follow up with the employer. Doing so reminds the employer of your interview and shows them you are genuinely interested in the position and gives you the opportunity to bring up points you forgot to mention.

Here are a few steps you can follow when crafting a follow-up note:

  • In the first paragraph, mention the specific job title and thank your interviewer.
  • In the second paragraph, note the company’s name as well as a conversation point and/or goal that seemed especially important to the person you spoke with. Connect that point to your experience and interests.
  • In the final paragraph, invite them to ask you any additional questions and close by saying you’re looking forward to hearing back.

 

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