How to Prepare For an Interview
Congratulations, you were offered an interview! You have gone through the preliminaries, applying for the position and going through the phone screen with the recruiter or hiring manager. Now, it’s time for the face-to-face interview with the hiring manager(s). However, before walking into the interview you will want to prepare yourself. As a recruiter myself, here are a few tips you should know:
1) Review the job description – Be sure to have a clear understanding of the position and its requirements. Also, make a list of the requirements and qualifications for the position you are interviewing for and relate them to your own professional experiences.
2) Learn about your “future” employer – Visit your “future” employer’s website and do a little research on the company’s mission, values, and goals to make sure they align with your own. In addition, make sure you take time to review profiles of the senior leadership, their stance on corporate social responsibility, and read any employee testimonials available.
3) Prepare questions to ask your interviewer(s) – You’ve researched the company and outlined your qualifications, now develop a few questions to ask your interviewer(s). As the applicant, this is your time to do the interviewing to ensure you are a “good fit” for not only the position, but the company as well. Ask about company culture, what the interviewers are looking for in an “ideal” employee, company goals, and corporate social responsibility.
4) Bring extra resumes and cover letters – Many times interviewers may have a copy of your resume however, bring extras with you just in case.
5) “Dress the part” – Your overall outward appearance is important as it will make a lasting impression with your interviewer(s). You will want to stand apart from the other applicants that are being interviewed and dressing professional is a must.
6) Plan your route - Plan your route ahead on how long it might take you to get to your interview. What traffic, delays or road work can you anticipate? Check out the parking and plan to give yourself plenty of time to run into unexpected delays. You always want to arrive a few minutes early before your scheduled interview time.
7) Relax – Take a deep breath before bed and before walking into the room to interview. This is your time to shine and to “sell yourself”. When you are relaxed, you will be able to highlight your experiences and achievements. You may forget something important when you are nervous. Although, it’s important to keep in mind that although you should be relaxed, you should also act in a professional manner and ensure that your presence isn’t perceived as too casual.
After your interview, remember to send a thank you letter, handwritten note, or at the very least, e-mail to your “future” employers. This may set you apart and will most likely make a lasting impression. Also, it’s okay to ask for feedback and to follow up. Best of luck on your interview!