How to prepare for a job interview?

Casandra Greer
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No matter how many interviews you have, you can always be nervous. However, proper preparation for the interview will definitely make you a valuable candidate in the eyes of the recruiter.

Research the company

You’ll get the basic information by reading the ad, but now it’s time to find out a little more. Visit the company’s website or its social media. Showing that you know what your potential employer does will look good in the eyes of recruiters. If you’ve been told – or can find out – who will be interviewing you, a little research on the recruiter (just a quick look on LinkedIn, for example) can potentially help reduce your stress and increase your chances.

Prepare questions and answers

Taking a look at the job description and the skills required for the position should give you an indication of the types of questions that could be asked about your aptitude and experience. Write down possible questions and note what your answers would be. An interview is an opportunity to showcase your knowledge and skills, but also your personality

Think about the questions you would like to be asked

During your search, there were probably things that you would like to learn more about. Write down questions about these things and ask the recruiter about them. This will help you avoid awkward silences when the question, “do you have any questions?” comes up

Read your notes

Re-read your prepared questions and answers, but don’t stress about trying to remember every detail. A decent understanding of the main points will keep you from reading like a robot, but if it helps, create a list of key skills, traits, and experience from your resume that you want to discuss.

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Get a good night’s sleep

You will ruin your preparation if you suppress yawning during the interview. Feeling refreshed and alert will also help you deal with any unforeseen situations that may cause stress and nerves – like questions you may not have thought of.

Sample questions

Tell me about yourself

Most interviews start with this question, and the way you answer it will make your first impression. If you come across this question and are not sure what to say, it shows that you lack confidence. If you start listing all your greatest achievements and talk too much, your ego may not look good. You need to find a balance between confidence and pride.

The best way to prepare for this question is to create a presentation about who you are. Skip your personal history and say about 2-3 sentences about your career path and how you ended up in this interview. You don’t have to be too detailed, a lot more questions will come up. You just want to pique curiosity enough that recruiters will want to know more about you during the interview.

Why do you want to work for us?

When a recruiter asks this question, they not only want to know why you want to work for them, but they also want to know what you know about the company. This question tests how well you know what the company does and how passionate you are about the work they do – so make sure you know it well.

Why should we hire you?

When you hear this question, remember that the recruiter wants to hear what skills you have that you plan to bring to the team. Don’t give vague answers, such as “I’m friendly and hardworking.” Instead, be specific, summarize your work history and accomplishments, and use numbers when possible.

For example, say how many years of experience you have or list some of your accomplishments from your last company. The more specific you can be about your skills and how valuable an employee you are, the better the recruiter will be able to picture you working for the company.

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