Facing job interviews, whether you are in between jobs, starting out fresh or back from a break, can make one nervous and excited all at the same time. No matter what stage of the career, it behooves every job-seeker to be fully prepared, and do yourself justice! If you have been invited for an interview consider it a good sign, but don’t get too excited yet, preparation makes the difference between you landing that job or not.
It is up to you to ensure that you are providing yourself ample time and use every conceivable means available to prepare for the interview (barring the cases where you land an interview with little notice). The anticipation building up to the interview can be nerve-wracking, and exhaustive preparation is the best antidote to ease the nerves. Remember, there is very limited time to make a good impression and demonstrate that you are the best candidate for the job – again, only adequate preparation should ensure that you knock the interview out of the park!
Here are tips on how you can plan your interview preparation and set yourself up for success!
1) Know yourself!
Take stock of your skillsets, strengths, weaknesses, accomplishments. Ideally, you must do
this once every six months or at least once in a year, if you have not been in the habit of
doing so, it is wise to create a journal and make notes about all the above – not only will
this will help you keep track and ensure you don’t mis out on important points, writing
naturally provides the clarity of thought that will surely make you stand out from the
2) Know your resume in and out!
If there is something on your resume that you cannot speak at length or in detail about, it
should not be there. Many interviewers like to dig deep into specific tasks /
accomplishments that you enlist in your resume – you must be able to speak to these in
great detail and examples to corroborate the story and bring together your skillsets and
strengths. This is one of the best ways to establish credibility with your interviewer!
3) Research, research, research!
Review the job description with a magnifying glass. Understanding the skillsets, strengths,
and responsibilities of the role helps you to craft a story about yourself with relevant
experience and emphasize the key points that will earn your brownie points. Hiring
managers love to hire people who can come in and hit the ground running – this is your
chance to prove that you can do exactly that by providing pertinent details.
There are a bunch of questions that interviewers are very likely to throw at you. Below are
a list of those type of expected questions. Rehearse and think through your answers for
these questions, you will be surprised by how coherent and poised your responses can
turn out with little preparation, not to forget this rehearsing ahead of time forces you to
answer to the point!
- Walk me through your resume
- Can you give me a quick introduction about yourself?
- Why do you want to join XYZ company
- Why are you the most suitable candidate for this role?
- What are your strengths / weaknesses?
- Where do you see yourself 3/5 years from now?
5) Dress for the part!
Ideally, you should dress one level higher than the dress-code of the company you are
interviewing with, and err on the side of being conservative. If the dress code is casuals, it
would be wise to dress in business casuals. The most important part is that you look
polished and professional
Lastly, be yourself!
We would love to hear from you about what has worked for you in preparing for