Congratulations! You have a job interview scheduled tomorrow or within the next few days. However, before you face your interviewers you need to prepare. According to Mark Roemer, there are plenty of things that need to be done before your job interview and there are key things to be noted. Here are a few tips to prepare for an interview:
Tips & Tricks
- Research the company and if possible, your interviewers – Information is always key, and arming yourself with the basic understanding of the company you are going to interview with is a must. It gives you confidence and may even give you a sneak peek into the particular qualities, work culture, and skills the company is looking for. That means you need to do a bit of online stalking. Go through the company’s website, recent press releases, social media handles to understand the goals of the company and how you can help.
You may or may not be able to figure out who your interviewers are. However, if you can figure out that information you should also learn about your interviewers so that you can make use of any opportunity to connect with them during the interview.
- Common interview questions need endless practice – There are a few interview questions everyone is familiar with and expects. You should prepare a list of common interview questions that may be asked and prepare your answers well. The goal of those common questions that repeat throughout different industries and niche businesses is to know about you and the values you bring to the company. Here are a few common interview questions:
- “Tell me a bit about yourself and why you are interested in this role with our company?”
- “What are your biggest weaknesses and strengths?”
- “Out of all the other candidates, why should we hire you?”
- “What do you consider to be your biggest professional achievement?”
- Research your job description – There are specific skills your employer may be looking for. The job description usually consists of such details. Thus, you may want to print out the job description and underline those specific skills. Think back to your past and present work experiences that may match with such requirements.
- A list of references – Interviewers often requires you to show a list of references before or after conducting the interview. Being prepared with that before going into the interview helps you move swiftly into the hiring process. This may also help you to leave a positive impression right from the start.
- Prepare witty questions for your interviewers – Interviews get interesting for both you and your interviewers when it’s a two-way exchange. It also helps to let your employers know that you are serious about that job.
Mark Roemer believes that apart from following the tips stated above, you should also prepare yourself aesthetically for the interview. Choose the attire that matches with your job role and the company that you are interviewing with. Remember to not overdo it as it can have the opposite result.