Many of us find the prospect of an important job interview unnerving, but preparation goes a long way to ensuring success. FYI suggests nine simple yet powerful steps to guarantee you handle the interview with poise.
Ask yourself if you understand the job description and what the job entails. The interview process involves substantial effort from all parties and you should consider honestly if this position is a good fit for you.
Do your due diligence about your prospective employer; get familiar with their products and services as well as the latest industry developments. Review the corporate website and read their blog posts, annual report, and media coverage tabs. Equally important is your curriculum vitae or CV: review, revise, and rewrite. Prepare for the interview by making notes about any gap times in your CV or your answers to typical questions. Look up your interviewer on social media such as linkedin.com to get to know them.
Typical interview questions or topics can include:
State your strengths with confidence and humility. No one is perfect and your interviewer knows that. Share lessons learned on the job. Conduct practice interviews with family and friends and prepare a 25-second sales pitch to sell yourself.
Dress to impress in business attire: wear clean, pressed, classic but understated garments. No need to purchase an entirely new outfit. A new scarf or necktie can add some flair to boost your confidence.
Here is a checklist for interview preparation:
*Take along a paper copy of your résumé, a recent photograph of yourself, your portfolio, professional references, and a list of credentials. Include your state-issued identification and, for a first job interview after college, bring your college transcripts.
Seize this opportunity to learn even more about the company during the interview. A few well-prepared questions will impress the interviewer with your ability to take the initiative and demonstrate your quest for knowledge.