Becoming Interview Ready

Preparing for an interview goes beyond finding a list of common interview questions. It would be best to make a good impression, know the company, and explain why you are a great hire for the job. Here are a few tips to help you. First, check the job description carefully. A job description lists the qualifications, qualities, and background data an employer is looking for in an ideal candidate. The more you align yourself with this information, the better the employer will know that you are qualified. The job description can also inform you about the employer’s questions during the interview.

Research the company, and learn everything you can about the company from as many sources as possible. Talk to members of your network to find current and former employees, read current press releases, and spend time on Google. By looking at various sources, you will get a complete picture of the company and be ready to talk about why you want to work there and what you can do for them. Learn about your interviewers. If you are not told who to meet during the interview, ask. Learn about the role of each interviewer at the company and prepare some questions specific to them.

Find out what type of interview you will be in and prepare accordingly. Companies use different kinds of discussion, so enquire about the expected processes. It is okay to figure out your employer or HR contact beforehand about the interview format. And once you know, taking the time to get to know the type of interview can make a huge difference. Improve your interviewing skills. The quality of your answers to questions is not everything, although it is a lot. Interviewers will also notice how you consciously or subconsciously use other interviewing skills, such as active listening, conversation, and empathy. These skills will not only help impress the interviewer but also give them an idea of what it would be like to work with you as a colleague.