You’ve been searching for months, weeks, or even just days for a job interview, and the opportunity is finally here. Now that you have an interview, there are certain things you will want to do in advance to prepare for it. Follow these practical tips so that you can make the best first impression.
Research the company and the job position you are applying for:
Write down any questions you may have about either so you can ask during the interview. If there any requirements of the job that you are unsure of, you should definitely ask during the interview. Nothing frustrates a hiring manager more than when they sit down to interview someone for a job and he or she has no knowledge about the company or the position the candidate is applying for. It always looks nice when you go into an interview with intelligent questions. It shows you put effort into preparing for the interview.
Study your resume:
As a candidate, your resume should be your “selling points” and you should know it like the back of your hand. Most interviewers use the resume as a platform for questions they will ask you, to review your skills, knowledge and past work experiences. Your resume is documentation listing your education and work history which in reality represents life experiences, so you should be able to speak about it clearly, in detail and without hesitation.
Practice interview questions:
Practice makes perfect, right? Not sure which questions you want to practice? This list of 15 interview questions you should be prepared to answer this month is a great place to start. Don’t completely memorize your answers so they come out rehearsed, but have a clear idea of what you are going to say. When you are asked, you want your answer to come out intelligently and natural. Be open to other questions as well and really know what you can offer to the company.
Be on time:
Allow enough time to get there and anticipate traffic. It’s ok to be up to 10 minutes early, but no more than that. Otherwise, the interviewer may not be ready for you.
Follow these tips and you will successfully know how to prepare for a job interview. Interviewers can tell whether or not a candidate has prepared for it or not and they will appreciate it if you did. Good Luck!