Preparing for an interview can be both exciting and nerve wracking. At least for me it is. As a result, I always find myself overly prepared for job interviews. Equipped with a notebook and pen, I go into an interview as if I already have the job, helping me turn any feelings of uneasiness into those of confidence. Here, I will share with you my tips to help prepare you for your next interview.
- Do your research
Preparation is key and should always involve conducting preliminary research on the company you are being interviewed to work for. Why do you want to work for this company? What is it about their history, reputation and their values that makes them so desirable?
Find out how many people will be present in the job interview and who they are. I recommend Googling the interviewers to find out more about who they are and the job positions they hold at that company.
2. Review the job description
As a refresher, go over the job description again as well as the cover letter and resume you submitted to the company. It might have been weeks or even months since you applied for the position. Be prepared to further explain how your soft and hard skills make you a good fit for this job and how your personality, work experience, and education would make you an asset to the company.
3. Prepare a list of questions
I suggest preparing a list of questions to ask during the interview process. This is your opportunity to interview the hiring manager to determine if the company is a good fit for you. Ask questions about the culture of the company and the dynamics of the department you could potentially be working for. Feel free to take notes throughout the interview as a reminder of topics to bring up once it is your turn to speak.
4. Body Language and more
Let me remind you that the hiring manager liked you enough on paper to call you in for an interview, so be confident! Greet your interviewers with a big smile, introduce yourself and offer a firm handshake (depending on COVID-19 restrictions of course!). Show that you are attentive and actively listening to what the interviewer is saying by making eye contact throughout the interview.
Best of luck and take care,