You created a well-written resume, did some networking, and now you have a job interview coming up. You've been doing all the right things up to this point, so don't make the mistake of going into it unprepared! Here are six tips to keep in mind as you are getting ready for your interview:
- Look at the company website. Company websites often include mission and vision statements, company history, frequently asked questions, and a wealth of other information about the organization. Take advantage of what is readily available to you! You should be ready to tell the interviewer what you know about the company if asked. You do not need to memorize every little detail, but you should have a clear idea of what the company stands for and how you fit into that.
- Research the company elsewhere online. This can be especially helpful if you are interviewing with a company you don't know much about, or if you are skeptical of the organization and want to read employee reviews. Of course, you need to take whatever information you find with a grain a salt. However, if you see a pattern of current or ex-employees talking about how the company is a scam on a number of websites, you may want to dig a little deeper before further pursuing the position.
- Talk with people who work for the company. Do you know friends, family members, or acquaintances who work for the organization? (Not sure if you do? Check your LinkedIn network!) Perhaps they can give you some pointers on what to expect in the interview. They can also provide you with firsthand knowledge on the company's culture and what it's like to work there.
- Anticipate what questions may be asked of you. This not only includes the standard interview questions – "Why are you interested in this position? Why should we hire you?" – but questions that are specific to your experiences and professional history as well. For example, do you have a gap in your employment history? If so, you need to be ready to explain why it is there.
- Prepare questions to ask the interviewer. After you've researched the company and have reviewed the job posting again, chances are you will still have some questions about the position. Write them down! You do not want to be fumbling for words when the interviewer asks you if you have questions for them. Having a list of questions prepared will also show the interviewer that you are organized and took the time to prepare for your meeting.
- Map out your directions. One of the worst impressions you can give an employer is by showing up late to the interview. Whether you are driving or taking public transportation, make sure to plan your route ahead of time. If you are unsure of where exactly the company is located or are unfamiliar with the area, consider going on a test run the day before.
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