Job interviews are a great way for potential candidates to showcase their experience, qualifications, and character to an employer. Preparation for an interview can help you perform better during the whole process. Here are a few of my tips to consider when preparing for a work interview:
Do Your Research
Doing company research prior to an interview is a great way to identify company priorities to make sure that they align with your own.
It’s also a great way to show prospective employers that you have a vested interest in the company and its success.
Know Your (Prospective) Role
Research the position for which you are applying, especially as it applies for the hiring company. What’s involved in the role? What is expected? Who will you report to? If this isn’t clear, make sure you ask about it in the interview.
Consider what the interviewer will ask you, and how you will answer them. “What skills do you have that would make you an asset to our organization?”, “Tell us about a situation in which you had to deal with conflict at work. How did you cope?” “Do you consider yourself more of a leader or a follower?”
Prepare to be engaged in conversation with the interview. Have questions ready that show that you are interested in the company and its future success. “Where do you see the company in five years’ time?” “What goals have been identified as immediate priorities?” “How has being an affiliate of Organization X positively impacted your company?”
Plan to Look the Part
Make sure that your interviewing outfit is appropriate for the job at hand. It’s always better to dress a little more formal than usual. This shows an employer that you are professional and presentable.
Bring Extra Resumes
Have a few extra copies of your resume available for the interviewing process. This way your interview will have a hard copy of the resume, and have it readily available to ask you questions regarding what you have presented.
Plan Your Route
This might seem simple, but plan ahead so that you arrive to the interview a few minutes early. This shows an employer that you are prepared and prompt. Never show up to an interview late.