Weeks of filling out mountains of job applications, revising your resume and cover letter so many times that you can’t stomach looking at them, and calling an infinite number of hiring managers has finally paid off – you got the job interview! No, the hard work is not over. You’ve put so much effort into the job search thus far, and you can’t let it go to waste by simply winging it during the interview. Continue your momentum by properly preparing. Follow these tips:
Research the Company
The Internet puts all kinds of information at our fingertips, so you really have no excuse not to learn the ins and outs about the organization before your interview. Read the company’s website, find the company’s social media accounts and research the company’s news, so when your interviewer asks about your knowledge of the organization, you have something substantial to talk about.
Study the Job Description
While you are reading everything you can about the company, you should also study and thoroughly learn the job description. The whole point of an interview is to prove you are the person for the job, so you want to make sure you know everything about what the job entails in order to properly communicate how your strengths are the perfect fit.
Learn the Route
The last thing you want is to be late for your job interview! Learn the route to the office a day or two before your job interview, so you don’t get lost on the big day. This may seem like a waste of time, but when you’re feeling antsy from nerves on the day of the interview, the route will be one less thing to worry about.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Practicing interview questions beforehand with a trusted friend is a great way to build self-confidence. Memorize key points you want to bring up, and rehearse your delivery, so your responses sound genuine, not canned. This will help prevent you from getting stumped during the actual interview and ensure you’re communicating essential information that might set you apart from competition.
Come Up with Your Own Questions
Every job interview ends with the question, “Do you have any questions for me?” and every interviewer expects you to ask him/her questions. This is a great opportunity to showcase your interest, learn specifics about the company and continue the conversation with your interviewer. Don’t waste this opportunity by assuming you will be able to come up with well thought-out questions on the spot. Prior to your interview, make a list of a variety of questions about the company culture, team strengths, history of the position and the hiring manager’s hopes for the position. Trust us, you will be thankful for having a few questions up your sleeve.
The job search is a ton of work, especially the interviewing stage, but it will all be worth it when you receive the offer. Preparation is the true key to a successful interview, and if you follow these tips while getting ready, you will walk in knowing you’re going to hit a homerun.