Tips before the interview
Set aside time during your interview to do the following:
1. Start researching the company and your interviewers. Understanding the helpful information about the company you’re talking to will help you enter the conversation with confidence. By using the company’s website, social media posts, and recent press releases, you will gain a solid understanding of the company’s goals and how your background is a good fit for you. Check out our complete guide to researching a business.
2. Practice your answers to common interview questions. Prepare your answer to the frequently asked question, “Tell me about yourself and why are you interested in this role with our company?” The idea is to quickly communicate who you are and what value you add to the company and the position – it is your personal elevator pitch. Check out our guide to answering the best interview questions.
3. Read the job description again. You may want to print it out and start underlining specific employers the employer is looking for. Think about examples from your past and present work that fit these requirements.
4. Use the STAR method when answering questions. Prepare to be asked about past times when you used a specific skill and use the STAR method to tell stories with a clear situation, task, action, and outcome.
5. Recruit a friend to practice answering questions. Practicing your answers out loud is an incredibly effective way to prepare. Tell yourself or ask a friend to help you through the questions and answers. You will find that you gain confidence as you get used to saying the words.
6. Make a list of references. Your interviewers may ask you to submit a list of references before or after your interview. Having established a reference list in advance, you can quickly complete it to move forward in the recruiting process.
7. Be prepared with examples of your work. During the interview, you will likely be asked about specific work you have completed in connection with the position. After going through the job description, think about work you’ve done in jobs, clubs of volunteer positions that show that you have experience and success in doing the work they need.
Prepare smart questions for your interviewers. Interviews are a two-way street. Employers expect you to ask questions: they want to know that you are seriously thinking about what it would be like to work there. Here are some questions you may want to ask your interviewers:
Can you explain some of the day-to-day responsibilities that this job entails?
How would you describe the characteristics of someone who would succeed in this role?
If I were in this position, how would my performance be measured? How often?
Which departments does this team regularly work with?
How do these departments usually work together?
What does that process look like?
What are the kind you currently come with in your position?