As much as you might like to wing it, if you have a job interview coming up, you need help preparing for the interview. So here are some “how-to” interview preparation tips to help get you ready. Remember that each step you take BEFORE your interview can make a huge difference to giving your best interview – and hopefully getting that job.
Preparing in advance can also help you relax enough to listen and fully engage while in the interview hot seat – and help you to be your real self throughout … the biggest advantage of all to a successful interview!
Best Ways To Prepare for a Job Interview
The time you spend up front preparing for your interview can really pay off later. Some useful tips to help you get ready for that interview – and the new job you deserve!
Preparation Step #1: Know Who You Are!
When it comes to job interviews, it’s important for YOU to know who you are before you can help your interviewer see it. Take the time to get to know yourself well – your strengths, your weaknesses, and what you really want!
♦ Assess your strengths and skills
♦ Look at work history to find your strengths
♦ Make a list of your successes
♦ Take time to review any failures
♦ Think about what you really want
♦ Think about what you never want to do again
Preparation Step #2: Know Who They Are!
Try to learn all you can about the company before your interview. Doing your research ahead of time will help you to better target your answers, and also help you know what to ask. And if you can find out something helpful about the interviewer(s), even better.
♦ Research the company
♦ Go to their website
♦ Use a search engine
♦ Look for them on social media
Preparation Step #3: Review Job Description
One of the most important things you can do to prepare yourself for your job interview is to know the job you’re interviewing for as well as possible. Use the job description to note key requirements, and look up anything you’re not familiar with.
♦ Carefully read job description
♦ Highlight key requirements & skills
♦ Look up any terms you don’t know
♦ Brush up on key skills not recently used
Preparation Step #4: Review Your Resume
I’ve seen job candidates look like deer caught in the headlights after I asked them about something that’s written on their own resume. Prepare for your interview by reviewing your resume carefully, making notes about key elements – especially any experiences that relate to the new job you’re hoping to get.
♦ Familiarize yourself with entire resume
♦ Compare job description to resume
♦ Note points of similarity
♦ Create work history success stories
Preparation Step #5: Practice! Practice! Practice!
Take the time to practice answering each one of these 12 commonly-asked interview questions. This would be helpful to anyone, but it will be especially useful to you to prepare this way if you’re someone who gets nervous in interviews. Ask family and friends for help. (BTW … most people get nervous when they are being interviewed.)
♦ Get comfortable talking about yourself
♦ Ask friends or family to play interviewer
♦ Record yourself if possible
♦ Imagine yourself doing well in the interview
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