An interview is your opportunity to create a great first impression on a potential employer. It’s the time that that employer has provided you to highlight your talents and experience as they relate to the job at hand.
So, how do you best prepare for such an opportunity? How do you put your best foot forward? First, let’s start with how you prepare for an interview before we dive into the interview process in later posts.
Research the Employer and Interviewers
In short, do your homework. Gathering background information on employers is a crucial element in successful interview preparation. You will want to be prepared to answer the question, “What do you know about our company?” and “Why do you want to work here?” Both questions are best answered by having some background information about the company. Knowing as much as possible about the company’s past performance and future plans can make your interview more interactive. And, it could just be the leg up you need in a competitive job market.
Tied to this, research your interviewers. You never know, maybe you have a connection with them that may be meaningful and worth bringing up in introductions. It’s a great way to show you’ve done your homework!
LinkedIn is an excellent source of such information. And “connecting” with your interviewers via LinkedIn is a great way to get yourself in front of your potential employer once again.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
It can’t be overstated enough. Going through the job posting and being prepared to answer any questions related to the job duties listed is key. Also, if you don’t have a repository of questions already, google some common interview questions. Then, focus your preparation on reviewing and having answers prepared for them.
TOP TIP: Think of 5-6 “meaty” professional work examples and accomplishments. For example, an upset customer situation you turned around, a time you worked on a cross-functional team, etc… The more angles there are to your example, the more ways you can use it to answer a variety of different type of questions. While you may not know the questions you will be asked, this tip will give you the ability to have an example ready for just about any type of question asked.
Do a Drive-By
Even if you know the location of your interview, do a quick drive-by the location during roughly the same time of your interview a few days in advance of it. This will alert you as to traffic issues, road construction, and give you an idea where to park. That way you can arrive well before your interview and there is nothing additional to add to your nerves on the big day.
Plan Your Attire
Plan your attire head to toe – literally. A nice suit with sport socks is not impressive! Be careful of distractions such as noisy jewelry or too flashy of an outfit. If in doubt, go conservative and business professional unless it’s strictly a more casual work environment like a factory or warehouse. Even then, it depends on the job you are applying for.
How do you plan for an interview?
How do you plan for your interviews? As we start this interviewing series, we will dive into the process much more but for now, the pre-planning stage is the first step to a great interview. How do you make sure that you are well-prepared?
These are great tips, it’s important to know the answers to all of the important questions about the business and do your research! Choosing an appropriate outfit is always an important detail too! x
Agreed Sophie – great points to highlight!
Great advice! Interviewing can be so nerve-wracking. The more you prepare ahead of time and practice the better.
I don’t miss those days! Practicing my spiel was really helpful. Both in front of a mirror and for another person. Great advice!
I agree with these tips! So important to do some research. Honesty is also important as well. If there is a question, you can ask as well! Thanks for sharing!
Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me
Don’t ask me how….but I’ve managed to get to nearly 35 years old without ever having a “proper” job interview.
I left my job in March. I’ll keep this post in mind in case I need it soon.
I literally just had a Zoom interview a few minutes ago. I did zero prep ha ha ha,
I tried checking out there website but it really didn’t contain any useful information for the placement I was interviewing for.
But I don’t really prep as it doesn’t help me like it might do others, I prefer to think on my feet. It’s surprisingly less stressful and anxiety inducing that way.
My partner on the other hand, is all about the preparations and hates having to think on their feet
These tips are absolutely incredible!
Love, Amie ❤️
Thanks for sharing, this is so useful! You can never be too prepared for an interview 🙂
Great advice on interviewing! I think you hit all of the important points! Thanks for the post!
Great advice her, I’ve always researched the company thoroughly and prepared for the interview with my dad or partner. My mums big on the drive by tip for less stress on finding the place on the day of the interview. I like to get there super early and just relax in the car and read for a little.
Interviews can be so stressful. It’s always a good idea to come prepared for ANY situation. I always bring extra copies of my resume and cover letter and send a thank you note after the interview.
Comments are closed.
Whether you want to grow your skills, get picked up by an employer who needs your specific knowledge, earn more qualifications for your CV, or some combination of the three, the My Need to Live community is here to support you.Join the platform
The My Need to Live Support Directory is a resource created by us to help 16 – 24 year olds find the help, support, organisation or practitioner you need to help them with their wellbeing when they need it.Support directory
Losing one’s job is painful, it can be one of the most destructive events happening in ones life. I should know I have been through a few of them. Most recently I was laid off March 2nd, 2023. An unexpected shock as the organization I worked for gave no indication there would be any form […]
The pain of being laid off is affecting thousands, but mostly in big tech. It saddens me to say I was just laid off and although I did not work or one of the major big tech companies like Twitter, Alphabet and others we were still apart of financial tech. Here is a recent article […]
Happy New Year 2023! What the new year means to me, to you, to the world. It means something different for everyone. Some create resolutions for the new year to be new person, new goals. I am often reminded of when I would attend my local gym, a 24-hour fitness which by the way is […]