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5 Ways to Prepare for a Job Interview

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 3:37pm | by JaredJ

When you head in to meet for a job interview, you want to make the best possible impression. But beyond coming your hair and putting on a clean shirt, what can you really do to make sure that the interview goes your way? Well, the answer is prepare. If you want to ace your interview and land the job of your dreams, you’re going to need to do your homework. Here are five things to do before you shake the interviewer’s hand.


  • Research
    Learn as much as you can about the company you’ll be interviewing with. Be sure to brush up on their corporate goals, recent successes, products, and any other information you can get your hands on. Likewise, if you know the name of the person who will be interviewing you, see if you can find any professional information about them that you can use to your advantage. Be ready to discuss anything company related, and make sure that you understand enough about you prospective position that you’ll be able to talk about it intelligently.

  • Print out and bring in a copy of your résumé
    Even if the company that you’re going to be interviewing with already has both a physical and digital copy of your résumé, print out another one and bring it in with you just in case. The interviewer may wish to review or reference something from your work history, and if you’re able to provide that information on the spot, it can only make you look better. Be sure that your résumé is up to date, and professional looking. When sending it out electronically, use an online program to convert to PDF format any word files or graphics, so that it can be accessed across multiple platforms.

  • Come up with at least five pertinent questions
    During your research, were there aspects of the company that you would have liked to learn more about? Are there questions that you have regarding your particular position, or about the work in general? Be sure to write down any questions that you might have, and memorize them so that you can ask these questions at the appropriate times during the interview. You should have at least five questions ready, in case a few of them get answered inadvertently. Asking questions shows the interviewer that you are interested in the company, and that you are a take-charge person who actively looks for answers.

  • Be ready for difficult questions
    The interviewer has the task of weeding out job applicants, and as such, may ask you some difficult questions. Try to anticipate what these might be, and prepare honest answers that will also make you look good. Some of the questions you’ll be asked might have to do with reasons for leaving previous employment, your strengths and weaknesses, and what you hope to accomplish while working for the company in question. 

  • Practice
    You may feel silly doing it, but if you can get a friend to roleplay with you and act as your interviewer, you’ll be able to get over some of your initial nervousness for the upcoming meeting. Go through the basic points of the interview as you expect them to be, and make sure that you also brush up on your body language and interview etiquette. Remember, self confidence and politeness can go a long way towards landing you the job you’ve always wanted.   



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