How To Prepare For Your Interview
Getting ready for an upcoming interview can create a lot of stress. Below are some helpful tips on how to prepare and set yourself up for a successful interview!
Getting nervous before an interview is totally normal! It’s easy to feel the pressure of wanting to do a great job so you land the role. The good news, however, is that with a bit of preparation you can step into that interview with confidence. Below are some helpful tips on how to prepare for a successful interview...
Get Plently of Rest
There’s no doubt that nerves can keep you from getting good sleep. However, aiming to get a good night’s rest is important so you can be refreshed and ready for your interview. Take time the night before to wind down a bit early so you can get a full night’s sleep.
Dress for Success
First impressions are important. That’s why it’s essential to present yourself in a professional way that makes an instantly positive impression. Ensure that you’re dressed properly for the meeting and that your clothes look clean and wrinkle free. If your interview is online, be sure to still dress fully for the meeting. Even though the camera only sees the top half, it’s best to skip the sweatpants just in case you have to step away for any reason.
Review Your Resume
Be sure to be familiar with the primary achievements you’ve listed for each previous job. While the interviewer may not have you walk through each role individually, they’ll likely ask questions about your past experiences and skill sets. Being able to naturally share past experiences and results will equip you to respond with clear answers.
Practice Answering Commonly Asked Questions
While every interview is unique, there are a number of common questions that are frequently asked. Questions like, “Tell me a bit about yourself”, “Why would you be a good fit for this position?” or “What are two of your strengths and weaknesses?” often arise. Spend some intentional time thinking through how you would succinctly answer these types of common questions. Try to find ways to concisely highlight your skills and past work in the replies you give.
Research The Organization
Spend some time really digging into the mission and vision of the organization to which you are applying. Try to discover recent successes or challenges the organization has had. Read up on the leadership team noting any points of interest or commonality. As you go through your interview be sure to drop in comments that show you’ve done your homework and are truly trying to learn the organization as best you can. As you research, make note of any questions you may want to ask your interviewer about the position, organization or leadership