Congrats! You got the call back for an interview, now it’s time to prepare. Preparation is more than a Google search of common interview questions. It’s about knowing the position you are applying for, the company you could potentially work for, and being able to present the best version of yourself!
To help you prepare, we’ve gathered a list of tips to use. Let’s get you that job!
Research the Company and its Values
Doing your research on the Company you are applying for shows genuine interest. It’s beneficial for you to familiarize yourself with their values and the company’s services. You can use this new knowledge as talking points during your interview and impress your potential employer.
Be Ready to Tell the Interviewer about Yourself
Interviewers will almost always ask this question, “tell me about yourself.” It’s not necessarily meant to learn about your hobbies, but more so to gain an understanding of who you are professionally. Use this as an opportunity to discuss your work history, accomplishments, certifications, and goals you wish to accomplish.
Practice Your Answers, But Don’t Memorize
It’s good to get familiar with common interview questions and to have an idea of how you would like to respond to them. There’s a fine line between having your answers prepared and having your answers rehearsed. You don’t want to sound robotic; the goal is to let your answers flow and come naturally. Prepare a few bullet points for each question; this will help you clarify your thoughts and make answering the questions more comfortable for you.
Practice Conveying Positive Body Language
First impressions are lasting impressions! Be aware of what you are communicating through your body language. Practice good posture, attentive listening, and being approachable. Showing that you are actively listening and engaged in the conversation will speak a thousand words.
Prepare Questions You May Have for the Interviewer
Towards the end of your interview, your interviewer may ask if you have any questions. Come prepared with a few questions! Be sure not to ask anything that has already been answered in the interview. Have questions that are specific to the position you applied for and for the company you applied with.
Know the Location of the Interview and Plan to Arrive Early
Punctuality is key! Map out the commute to your location beforehand. This will assist you in determining how early you need to leave, to arrive on time. It is in your best interest to plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early to find parking, walk to the building and dismiss any lingering nerves. You got this!