Preparing for an interview might seem intimidating, but there are several steps you can take to prepare yourself for a successful interview.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
To avoid becoming too anxious for your commute, prepare yourself to ensure everything goes smoothly on the day of the meeting.
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: