If you expect to perform well at any job interview, there are some basic tips to keep in mind as far as preparation is concerned. Here are a few.
1. Reread the job description
The job description is an essential guide in your preparation – it can give you important clues about what the company is looking for. Pay close attention to the skills listed in the description, the required education and experience, and how the company describes itself.
Think about how you have demonstrated the skills listed and how you satisfy the job requirements, and be prepared to bring up these points at the interview.
2. Do your research
Find out as much as you can about the company, its mission, goals, and values. Learn as much as you can about its services. The obvious place to look is the company’s website. But also search the web for any news articles about the company and trends in the industry.
Read the annual report, which provides financial information about the company. Look at the LinkedIn and Facebook profiles of the company. Check out Glassdoor.com to see what the reviews say about the company.
3. Find out what you can about the hiring manager
There may be some information about the person on the web or a LinkedIn profile, or you may be able to talk to someone at the company. Learning about the hiring manager may give you some background as to what particular issues interest him or her. You may also find things you have in common, which may help you build rapport.
4. Practice answering questions
Some questions pop up at most interviews, such as “Why should we hire you?” and “Tell us about yourself,” and “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
Before the interview, develop some talking points for these types of questions. You don’t have to memorize your answers, but have a general idea of how you will respond to these questions.
Also, prepare a list of your accomplishments with facts and figures to support them. Have these talking points at your fingertips so that you can use them during the interview. Prepare questions to ask the hiring manager as well
5. Get organized
Make sure you know exactly how long it will take you to get to the interview site, and consider increased traffic and other possible delays. You should arrive at the interview 10 to 15 minutes before it is scheduled to start.
Lay out your clothing the night before, so you don’t have any unexpected surprises the next day. Be sure to take a copy of your resume and cover letter with you. And get a good night’s sleep.
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