Preparing for a jobinterviewis more than just plugging the company’s address into your GPS.
So here are five things you must do when you prepare for a job interview:
Tip 1: Read Your Resume
This sounds so basic yet so many people fail to do this. Once an Interviewer asked a candidate about a project he had listed on his resume and the candidate seemed to be surprised. Would you hire a person like that?
Tip 2: Visit the Company’ Website
There are many who do look into the web site that they have applied for even though the site was listed in the job description. It makes you wonder what kind of interest they’ll have once they have the job.
Tip 3: Read the Job Description
Again, you’d think people would do this, but they don’t – or they just read it quickly. Sometimes it’s not their fault because they go through a recruiter that arranges the interview and then verbally provides an overview of the job. If this is the case, ask for the job description. The recruiter should be able to provide it. If not, check the company’s website or call their staffing or human resources department and ask them for the information.
Tip 4: Practice
At the very least, make up some potential questions and practice answering them. It’s impossible to anticipate every question you’ll be asked but with a little bit of effort (following the first three tips) you can anticipate some. If you’ve been on interviews and struggled with answering some questions, then try working on them. It’s a great place to start and you’ll probably come up with some additional ones.
Tip 5: Research
You’ll want to come across as informed so if you’re not familiar with the company or industry, do some research to learn about trends, big news and top stories in those areas.
It only takes an hour or two to properly prepare for most job interviews (some circumstances require more prep work).