Job searches are stressful overall. However, the interview might be the most anxiety-inducing aspect of it. Oftentimes, these can feel more like interrogations and less like the conversations they’re supposed to be.
Also, if you’re like most candidates, you think that one minor mistake will blow your chances of getting the offer. This can certainly happen…if you don’t take the right approach.
While there is a lot on the line when it comes to job interviews, there are ways to prepare, so you put your best foot – and best self – forward. To help you get started, here are three tips to follow:
How You Can Prepare For an Interview
#1: Do your research.
Research the company, the role, the key players, and the industry. Not only will you feel more confident walking into the interview, armed with this knowledge, but you’ll be able to answer interview questions more intelligently. As a result, you’ll stand out from other candidates who didn’t do as much homework as you.
Some other areas to review before the big day include your resume, the job description, online news articles about the company, and the company website, including their services and customers, as well as their blog and social media profiles. These will help you get a sense of their organizational culture.
In addition, be prepared to talk about salary should it come up in the first interview. Use an online salary calculator ahead of time, so you know what competitive compensation is for someone with your experience in your location.
#2: Connect the dots.
Now you know a lot about the company. So where do you fit in? It’s important to be able to articulate to the hiring manager why you’re a great match for the role. To do that, you need to connect the dots between their hiring needs and your background and achievements.
So, think through some specific examples of your skills and accomplishments that are most relevant to the position and the company. Be prepared to talk about these during the interview, so you make the case as to why you’re a great hire.
#3: Prepare answers and your own questions.
From “why should we hire you?” to “why do you want to work here?” and “tell me about your biggest strength and weakness” these are common questions you should expect to get asked. While you don’t want to prepare a script, you should think through how you would answer these kinds of questions. Be ready with specific examples you can point to from your background.
Make sure you also have your own questions prepared about the role, the culture of the company, and other details that are important for you to know. Remember, this is a two-way conversation. You’re also trying to assess whether the organization is the right fit for your career and where you want to take it.
Some questions to ask include the software or online tools you’d be using on the job, workplace policies, like sick and vacation time, and opportunities for continuing education and advancement. If their answers align with your values and goals, then it’s an indication they’re a good match for you.
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