How to Prepare for Your Interview

by sysop in Acing the Interview

Congratulations! You’ve landed an exciting interview. Now what? Preparing yourself for an interview can be nerve-racking and daunting. Take a deep breath! Follow these simple tips and head into your interview feeling prepared and confident.

  1. Do your research ahead of time. Know the organization’s mission statement and core values. Tying this information into your interview will show your interviewer that you care about more than just the particular position you are applying for; you care about the organization as a whole.
  2. Know your transferable skills. When talking about past work experience, it is extremely useful to  highlight transferable skills from past jobs that will help you perform well in the job you are seeking.  For example, your time waiting tables at that local town favorite may have taught you valuable lessons in time management, multitasking, and the importance of customer service – all skills that could be extremely useful in the position that you are currently interviewing for.
  3. Be prepared to ask questions. Remember, it’s a two-way street.  As the interviewer is trying to determine whether or not you are a good fit for their organization, you should be trying to analyze if their organization would be a good fit for you as well. Questions at the end of an interview can help clarify what the expectations and responsibilities are for the current role as well as an understanding of the daily workload for the position.
  4. Know why you want the job. This may seem obvious, but it is important to be able to clearly articulate why you applied for a particular position. Many times, people apply for any and every job opening that they see. Then, the job seeker cannot clearly explain to the interviewer why they are interested in the position and why they would be a great fit. Don’t let that person be you. Articulate why you are interested.
  5. Be yourself! It does not do anybody any good if you do not stay true to yourself during an interview. Do not fall into the habit of just saying what you think the interviewing wants to hear; say what you truly believe.