Congratulations! You got invited for an interview, which is one step closer to your dream job. But be careful not to lose this opportunity by under preparing for your interview.
Preparing for an interview goes beyond getting dressed and having a great CV. You must take time to thoughtfully perform research on the company and carefully review the job description to understand why you would be a good fit.
Here are some steps to take when preparing for an interview:
- Carefully examine and understand the job description
Use the employer’s posted job description as a guide when preparing. The job description is a list of the qualifications and background the employer is looking for in an ideal candidate. The more you can align yourself with these details, the more the employer will be able to see that you are qualified.
- Perform comprehensive research on the company and role
When you research the company you are getting interviewed by, it helps provide context for your interview conversations.
Researching the company and role as much as possible will give you an edge over the competition. Not only that, but fully preparing for an interview will help you remain calm so that you can be at your best.
- Practice your answers to common interview questions
While you won’t be able to predict every question you’ll be asked in an interview, there are a few common questions you can plan answers for.
You should also prepare to discuss your salary expectations.
- Practice your speaking voice and body language
It’s important to make a positive and lasting impression during your interview. You can do this by practising a confident, strong speaking voice and friendly, open body language. While these might come naturally to you, you might also want to spend time performing them with trusted friends or family or in front of a mirror. Pay special attention to your smile, handshake, and stride.
- Prepare several thoughtful questions for the interviewer(s)
Many employers feel confident about candidates who ask thoughtful questions about the company and the position. You should take time before the interview to prepare several questions for your interviewer(s) that show you’ve researched the company and are well-versed about the position.
- Print hard copies of your resume
Most employers ask for digital copies of your resume with the application, but they may not have easy access to it during the interview itself. Having copies to present to multiple interviewers shows that you’re prepared and organized. You should have at least three copies to provide for multiple interviewers, plus one for yourself to follow along.