If you’re currently looking for a new job, you will need to go through a grueling interview process. The job interview is where you convince an employer you’re qualified for the job and give the first impression. The employer will be paying attention to more than just your application; they have already viewed it and approved of it. They will also see what time you arrive for your interview, how professional you are, if you dressed appropriately, and what your answers are to the interview questions. Continue reading for tips on preparing for your job interview.
Research the Employer
The first thing you should do to prepare for a job interview is get to know your employer. Visit their website and read around the background information of the company. You should know more than just their name and location; find out how they got started, who the company founders are, remember the names of the current CEOs, and get in-depth information about what they do and what their objective is. This gives you an inside look into what they will looking for and gives you good criteria when they ask you if they have any further questions. You should be prepared with something insightful.
Study the Job Description
Many applicants apply for jobs with haste, skimming through the details and sending their resume automatically. If you have been called in for an interview, go back to the original job description posting and read through it. This can also provide insight into what the employer is looking for and their description of the job duties will give you an idea of the types of questions they might ask. Be prepared to show you are qualified for the job and have experience with the different duties described.
After studying the company information and reading the job description, you should have a better idea of the questions they might ask. Aside from this, research common interview questions such as why you want to work for their company, what your future career goals are, and what your best qualities are. Write down all of the interview questions and practice giving answers. Don’t just answer them in your head, but sit as you would during an interview and answer them aloud. If you have a friend or family member who can ask them, even better. Practice each answer multiple times until you feel comfortable with the questions.