How to Prepare for an Interview

Maybe you have sent out your resume to different organizations and for different roles, and thankfully, you now have an interview to ace. Congratulations! Your job is not yet done. Now, you have a chance to impress the recruiters and show them why you should be chosen for the role. Remember, you only have a chance, so here’s how to get it right.

Without a doubt, you should take enough time to prepare for the interview. But how exactly should you go about that? Let’s go over some points that will help you.

Analyze the Job Role

Analyzing the job you are applying for is an action you must have taken before sending your resume; however, you have nothing to lose by reviewing it again. It would help if you took time to find out what the hiring organization intends to achieve through the job role.

This understanding will help you make a list of the knowledge, skills, and expertise that the company requires from you. It will also help you to decide how to answer interview questions and ultimately ace the interview.

Make a Detailed Match

Your analysis of the job description will lead you to make a list of your assets and match it with the requirements of the job. You can create a list of up to 10 of your assets that resonates with the job requirements. Your assets here will be experiences, qualifications, skills, abilities, certifications, and a host of other things.

If you have proof of your assets, say certificates, you can take them to the interview and show the recruiter when you are asked how hiring you would benefit the company. Be prepared to answer open-ended questions like that, and you’ll shine!

Think of experiences in your past job roles that are in line with the qualities of the job role you are applying for. That way, when you are asked to describe a time when you portrayed a particular ability or skill, you can immediately mention that. The matchmaking of your assets and the job requirements will help you easily answer both behavioral interview questions as well as job-specific interview questions.

Research the Company

Researching the company before the interview date is not optional. If you are interested in not only acing the interview but eventually getting the job, then you must find out every detail that will help you connect with the company. It is also not bad to know who will interview you and create a rapport with them ahead of time.

This will help you prepare for questions about the job, and it will also allow you to ask the interviewer some questions about the company. You will also be able to know beforehand if the company is a good fit for you.

You could check the company’s website, specifically the “About Us” page, read an online review, and articles about the company in news outlets and magazines. There is no harm in reaching out to the company’s employees before the interview and asking them a few questions. That will also help you network before and after your interview – regardless of the outcome.

Practice Hard

Practicing interview questions will help calm your nerves and put you in a good position to impress the recruiters. If you are meeting a recruiter or a panel in your interview, have some friends or family members perform a mock interview by acting as the panel and asking you questions.

If you are having the interview over the phone or virtually through video technology, have a friend call you or get familiar with the technology before your interview. All of these will help you review common interview questions and think about how you will respond when you finally reach the interview.

I’ve outlined two of the most popular interview questions and how you can answer them below:

Question: Tell me about yourself.

Don’t shoot yourself in the leg by telling the panel about your qualifications and experience in particular skills or expertise in the job description. They already have this information from your resume. What they want here is to get to know you a bit more aside from your career goals and objectives. You could tell them about your interests that don’t directly relate to your career but have enriched your life.

For instance, when you say that you have an interest in long-distance running or yoga, this tells the panel that you prioritize healthy living and have an energetic personality. When you say you have a thing for solving crossword puzzles or brain teasers, you are passing across the information that you enjoy intellectual learning.

Question: What is your greatest strength?

The right thing to say when asked this question is to list the skills and experience you have that directly correlate with the job you are applying for. Let your answer include strong skills that the organization is looking for. You could include soft and hard skills, past work experience, education, or training.

Acing an interview is not rocket science. It is common practice that you already have the skills and expertise required for a job role before applying for it.

Meeting these requirements is probably the reason you got invited to the interview room in the first place – so you already have the upper hand. What is left for you to do is to prepare well before going into that interview room. Anticipate questions and have solid answers ready for the recruiting team.

Make sure to put up a great first impression. Iron your clothes, do your hair if you have to, and don’t get to the interview venue late. If it is a virtual interview, be ready thirty minutes before time. Cheers to your success!

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