I have interviewed many job seekers who have no clue about the company, the job they are applying for, or what is on their resume. After a few minutes of talking to these candidates, it is clear to me that they are trying to ‘wing’ it. I will politely end the interview and they will never hear from me again.
In today’s competitive job environment, you cannot leave anything to chance. It is better to be over prepared than under prepared. You will stand out from the crowd and leave a a good impression on the minds of the interviewers.
1. Research the company and job you are applying for
Before you go on the interview, you need to spend at least an hour researching the company. You should also be familiar with the job for which you’re being interviewed. Read the advertisement or job description and be prepared to discuss any aspect of it.
Write down any questions you have about the company or job. During the interview, you can ask the interviewer. Nothing impresses an interviewer more than showing how prepared you are.
2. Study your resume and know everything on it
You should be prepared to answer any questions that the interviewer have about your resume. Your resume is the only thing that they have to go by in order to determine if you are the right person for the job. I have seen many interviewees stumbled because they could not elaborate about the things they wrote on their resume. Don’t let this happen to you.
3. Practice your answers to the most common interview questions
Find someone to role-play an interview with you. You don’t wan to come off like you have memorized a bunch of answers. The objective is to have a clear idea of what you are going to say so that you will sound intelligent and natural. Be prepared to discuss your past experiences, positions, roles and responsibilities in detail. It is important to get used to talking about your skills and experience.
4. Pay attention to the details
Regardless of what type of job your are interviewing for, you should dress appropriately. It is better to overdress than be under dress. It shows the hiring manager that you are taking this interview seriously. If you come in dressing sloppy and too casual, I wonder how you would look like once you get a job.
Be sure you have correct directions to the company. It is not a bad idea to do a test drive before the interview day so that you will not get lost. You don’t need any additional stress during your interview.
Do bring copies of your resume to the interview. I have heard horror stories of candidates who forgot to bring their resumes. This might seem like a small oversight but everything counts during an interview.