How To Prepare for a Job Interview
Do you have a job interview on your schedule? There are a number of steps you can take before (and after) the interview to ensure that you make a terrific impression on your potential employer. Here’s how to research the job and company, how to practice interview questions and answers, how to dress for the interview, how to follow up after the interview, and more interview preparation tips.
1. Analyze the Job
An important part of interview preparation is to take the time to analyze the job posting, if you have it. As you review the job description, consider what the company is seeking in a candidate. Make a list of the skills, knowledge, and professional and personal qualities that are required by the employer and critical for success in the job.
2. Make a Match
Create a list of up to 10 of your assets that match the job requirements. These might include skills, qualities, certifications, experiences, professional qualifications, abilities, computer skills, and knowledge bases. This way, if the interviewer asks you to describe a time when you demonstrated a particular skill or ability, you will be ready.
3. Research the Company
Company research is a critical part of interview preparation. It will help you prepare to answer interview questions about the company and to ask the interviewer questions about the company. Check out the company website, specifically the “About Us” page. Also, spend time tapping into your network to see if you know someone who can help give you an interview edge over the other candidates.
4. Practice Interviewing
Take the time to practice answering interview questions you will probably be asked. Practice interviewing with a friend or family member ahead of time, and it will be much easier when you’re actually in a job interview. Review common job interview questions and answers, and think about how you will respond, so you are prepared to answer.
5. Get Your Interview Clothes Ready
Don’t wait until the last minute to make sure your interview clothes are ready. Have an interview outfit ready to wear at all times, so you don’t have to think about what you’re going to wear while you’re scrambling to get ready for a job interview.
6. What to Bring to a Job Interview
It’s important to know what to bring (and what not to bring) to a job interview. Items to bring include a portfolio with extra copies of your resume, a list of references, a list of questions to ask the interviewer, and something to write on and with.
7. Practice Interview Etiquette
Proper interview etiquette is important. Remember to greet the receptionist, your interviewer, and everyone else you meet politely, pleasantly, and enthusiastically. During the interview, watch your body language, shake hands firmly, make eye contact as you articulate your points, pay attention, be attentive, look interested.
8. Get Directions
If you’re interviewing in-person, it’s important to know ahead of time where you need to go for your job interview. That way, you’ll avoid running late to the interview. Use Google Maps or a similar app to get directions if you’re not sure where you are going. Give yourself a few extra minutes and arrive a little early for the interview.
9. Listen and Ask Questions
During a job interview, listening is just as important as answering questions. If you’re not paying attention, you’re not going to be able to give a good response. It’s also important to discuss your qualifications in a way that will impress the interviewer. You’ll know if the interview went well if it runs longer than 30 minutes, you discuss salary, or you get an invitation to a second interview.
10. Follow Up With a Thank You Note
Follow up a job interview with a thank-you note or email reiterating your interest in the job. Restate why you want the job, what your qualifications are, how you might make significant contributions, and so on. This thank-you letter is also the perfect opportunity to discuss anything of importance that your interviewer neglected to ask or that you neglected to answer as thoroughly, or as well, as you would have liked. Good luck!
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