How to Prepare for an Interview
You got the interview, now how to you prepare?
Read over the job description carefully.
- Print it and write notes on specifics you need the interviewer to expand on. If a certain bullet point doesn’t make much sense, ask them. Even brining this sheet into the interview would be helpful. Some might find it odd, but I think most people would be admired and how much time you dedicated on the job role already.
Know what the company is all about.
- Obviously not every company publishes their full history, company culture, leadership, process, etc. However there is most likely an online presence for said company. Dig into it. I’m sure the recruiter will ask why you want to work for that specific company, or if you have any questions about the company. If you haven’t done previous research, you might be stuck. Come up with at least one solid question for the recruiter about the company.
Go over your resume.
- Jot down mental or physical notes expanding on each job role. Be sure to give the recruiter examples/scenarios that occurred during your professional career. It will give the company an insight on who you are, your work ethic and process, instead of just knowing bullet points about your career.
Be aware of what is going on in the industry.
- This may be more difficult for someone who’s an “entry-level” applier, or someone who is switching industries, but even a quick search will do.
Rest the night before.
- Regardless, you are going to be nervous but if you’re able to fit in a yoga session before going into the interview, you might be more zen.
Interview the company.
- It’s a mutual relationship, so don’t be afraid to ask questions on what is important to you. They won’t shy away, why should you? If you’re curious about the company culture, PTO, company goals, benefits, expected working hours, pay, etc. I would ask.
Remember you’re all people. They want to interview for a reason, so keep on shining. I do have some advice when you’re already at the interview, but that will be another post. What are your prep tips before going into an interview?