Updated: Jun 11, 2021
Interviewing for a new position can be exciting and stressful. By preparing for your interview in advance you will alleviate stress and anxiety.
A great way to begin preparation for your interview is to research the organization. During your research, you will discover the company’s mission or their “why” for what they do in the marketplace. You will learn who the key players are in the company, who their shareholders are, and the type of skills and expertise the organization looks for in its employees. The knowledge you will gain from your research will help you gain confidence as well as conveys to the interviewer your interest in the organization.
Since first impressions matter, you want to ensure you have dressed appropriately for your interview. The formality of your clothing should correspond to the type of position you’re applying for. If you’re unsure about the appropriate interview attire or level of dress, contact the company and ask.
Take some time to practice answering some typical interview questions: Here are a few to get you started. To add to this list, think of some questions you’ve been asked in previous interviews
Tell me about yourself?
Why do you feel you’re a good fit for this position?
What are your strengths, weaknesses?
What are your plans for the next 5 years?
Bring an updated copy of your resume along with a few extra copies in case there is more than one interviewer. Also, bring a notebook and pen to jot down any notes you want to take. It conveys to the interviewer your interest in the position.
Arrive 5 to 10 minutes early to give yourself time to destress. Timeliness is also an important part of making a great first impression. Arriving late for an interview may send the message that you don’t care about other’s time, and gives the impression that you will not be punctual for your job.
With these tips in mind, you can show up with confidence and as your authentic self. You have done your research and prepared to ask your own questions about the company and the position, and you have practiced typical questions asked by interviewers. Together with your careful grooming, and appropriate attire you look great. Believe in yourself and your skills and experiences that have gotten you where you are today. Now you’re interview savvy!
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