How to Prepare for an Interview
Lets be real, preparing for an interview can be intimidating, I had my fair share of interviews in the past however, there are many steps that you can take to prepare yourself for a successful interview.
Taking time to prepare for an interview in advance can help you sooth that stress and maybe secure the job offer. Preparing for an interview means taking your time to thoroughly go through your goals and qualification relative to the position and employer. You have to make a great first impression, have a great knowledge of the company and its product or services and etc..
Below is your ultimate guide on how to prepare for an interview, I might not be an expert but you can learn from my mistakes.
- Carefully Examine the job description:
Job description is a list of the qualifications, qualities and background the employer is looking for in an ideal candidate. The more you align yourself with these descriptions, the more the employees will see you as a qualified candidate. It will also give your an idea of the type of questions that will be asked in the interview.
- Spend some time on the employers website:
It’s best to have background information about the company as well as the employers; read about them, their clients and their products or services. That’s all useful information to know prior to your interview, gives the employer a perspective that you’re interested and ready to be part of the team.
- Study your resume:
Any work experience and skills listed on your resume will be talked about during the interview, you may be asked to elaborate further, the interviewer will ask you to explain what you did at that job and what did you gain so its best to go through it and prepare for all types of questions to be asked.
- Practice your answers to the most common interview questions:
I have been to lots of job interviews in the past and let me tell you there are some certain questions that are common between all such as; “Tell me about yourself” and “Why do you think you would be great for this job?” You will want to have your answers ready and its your job to sell them. Have a clear idea of what you’re going to say when you are asked.
- Think Positive:
Don’t dwell on negative experiences during an interview; remember that no one gives a perfect interview. Have a good mind set going into the interview and trust me you will do amazing, you weren’t chosen unless the employer thinks that your qualified for the position.
- Come up with question to ask:
At the end of the interview, you will most probably be asked what question you have of your own; it’s smart to think about how your questions might reflect on you, this is your time to get the information you need to figure out if this is a job you want and would be good at. Examples of questions you might ask: ‘What are the biggest challenges the person in this position will face?’
- Arrive at least 10-15 minutes early:
Make sure you are aware where it is located so you can be sure to arrive on time.
Here you go guys, some useful tips I learned throughout the years, hope you found this article helpful!