How to Prepare to Interview

By Dan Rover, CEO

It’s important to take the time to get ready to be interviewed to make the best impression on the hiring decision-makers.

Remember professionals say that for the average corporate job, four to six candidates are interviewed but just one person gets the job.  That’s why good preparation is important.

Here are 10 tips to make sure your resume makes the cut:

1.) Read and understand the job description and/or outline of duties. It’s important to align your talents and abilities with the job description, and having a full understanding of the expectations helps you know what questions to ask.

2) Know something about the company making the hire.  Understand the products and services the company offers.  Understand the role and how it meshes with the rest of the team. Get a sense for the organization’s culture.

3.) Review your qualifications.  Be ready to share why you are the best person for the job.

4.) Know how you will answer typical questions usually asked in an interview, like, “What are your three biggest strengths and three biggest weaknesses?”

5.) Rehearse in front of a mirror.  To make the best lasting impression, make sure you speak with a confident speaking voice and friendly, open body language.  Ask a friend to critique these points and practice to improve.  Answer questions directly and to the point without going on and on.

6.) Take several hard copies of your resume.  While you likely submitted it electronically, having hard copies is a clear sign of organization and forethought.

7.) Prepare a list of questions you want to ask about the job and organization.

8.) Know where you are going to interview. Know how long it takes to drive there and where to park as well as a general idea of where in the building the interview will take place.  Make sure to have a hard copy of the contact information in case you are unavoidably delayed.

9.) Sell yourself. Share your accomplishments and list your abilities.

10.)  Follow up after the interview.  Write a follow up letter or email thanking the interviewer for their time and offering to answer additional questions or provide further information.

Good luck.  Taking the time to properly prepare for an interview gives you a much better chance of being the one who gets the job.

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