3 Pre-Interview Tips to Prep You for Success
Getting a job interview is a big step toward finding employment. It is only a step, though, with no guarantee of success. To maximize your chance of turning your next interview into a job offer, check out our three tips below:
1. Research the Company Thoroughly
There is a lot that goes into this step, but all of it is worthwhile. Start with what was likely your first impression of the company: the job description explaining the where, what, why and how of the position. Get an idea of how the business sees itself, and note any preferred (but not required) attributes of the position. Your next step is to browse the website of the company; try to identify any themes, and check for consistency from the job description as to how the company views itself. Also take a look at the company’s LinkedIn profile. Finally, it is time to turn to “old reliable”—search engine results on the company. Also investigate the people who will be interviewing you if you know their names. Check them out on search engines and LinkedIn.
2. Go Through Your Own History
Research yourself on LinkedIn, and review the application materials you sent the company. Take the information you have learned about the company to identify particular areas of strength you have and assets you can offer the company. Prepare a rundown on how you are an ideal candidate and a good culture fit for the company.
3. Prepare for Possible Interview Questions
With the information you have gathered about the company, your interviewers and yourself, come up with answers to common interview questions such as, “What appeals to you about working here?” Also devise questions and answers that are situation-based or history-based. For example, one question to anticipate might be, “How did you collaborate with others when you did ABC project at XYZ job?” Another could be, “For you, what might be the most stressful part about working here?”
Of course, you should dress appropriately and show up five to 10 minutes early. Act confident (or be confident) to make a great first impression.