So, you’ve landed an interview…what’s next?
You’ve impressed the hiring manager with your killer resume and landed yourself and interview, but how do you best prepare yourself to nail this meeting?
Preparing for an interview can seem intimidating, especially if you have been out of the job market or in a role for a long time, but there are a few simple steps you can take that will make you a pro interviewee in no time.
Here are a few quick tips to help put your best foot forward.
1. Carefully read the job description
Preparation is key and understanding what the hiring manager is looking for will provide you with the best opportunity to sell your skills set. The more closely you can align yourself with the position the more the manager will be able to see you are qualified for the role. If you do not have the job description, read through the advertisement that they have posted as a guide.
2. Consider why you are interviewing and your qualifications
Before your interview, have a good understanding of why you want this job. Be prepared to answer the question “why would you like to work for us?”. You should be prepared to explain your interest in the role and why you’re the best person for the job.
3. Research the company
Researching the company before an interview is a key step in being prepared for your meeting. There are a few steps in this process:
With a strong understanding of the company you will have talking points to refer to in the meeting, this also allows you to feel fully prepared and calm in the interview.
4. Consider your answers to common interview questions
While you cannot predict exactly what they are going to ask in the interview, there are a few common questions you can prepare for.
In addition to these you should consider your answers to some common behavioural based questions.
5. Prepare questions to ask in the interview
Remember, you are interviewing a company just as much as they are interviewing you and asking questions is the perfect way to do this. Think of some thoughtful questions around the company and the position. You should take time before the interview to prepare some questions for the interviewer to show that you have prepared for the interview.
Some examples of questions you could ask include:
6. Prepare your travel arrangements
There is no worse impression then running late to your interview because you got stuck in traffic or couldn’t find parking. To avoid running late, prepare as best as you can before your meeting. Here are a few tips how:
This sounds simple, but it’s better to leave with plenty of time, even if you do arrive a little early to your meeting. Take the spare time to read over some of the questions you have prepared. Aim to arrive in reception 5-10 minutes before your scheduled time but do not arrive any earlier than this.
How are you going to get there? If you are driving is there parking available or is it a far walk from a train station? Check out google maps to make your trip as smooth as possible.
Final Tip: If you don’t know the answer to a question you can always say “let me think about that one and come back to you in a moment”.
It is perfectly okay to take the time to give a thoughtful answer.
Taking the time to prepare for an interview ultimately assists you in feeling relaxed and confident for your meeting.