How to Prepare for a Job Interview

 

Are you looking to get a job? If you are wanting to improve your chances of securing that job, you need to have a flawless interview. And, the only way to perform well in an interview is to prepare ahead of time. I have held various positions in my short career and I am proud to say that I have been offered every job for which I have interviewed for. While I can’t guarantee that you will get your dream job with this advice, I can say that following these steps to prepare for the interview will greatly improve your chances of getting a job.

Research

If you think you can come into an interview with just your charm and resume and get the job, you are mistaken. A strong candidate for any job must show their willingness to go above and beyond. An interview is not only a chance to talk about your hard work ethic, but also an opportunity to illustrate it in action. It is important to do your homework before the interview. To do that, spend time doing research. You want to research both generally about the organization and the position for which you are applying. Being able to show your knowledge of both of these will make you the favorite for the position.

Anticipate

After you have gained the general knowledge about the position, take some time to anticipate questions that could be asked of you. Think about what you would ask someone if you were in their position or questions that have been asked of you. What characteristics will they deem important? Being able to come up with these questions before hand will not only force you to think about the position more thoroughly, but it will prepare you to answer these when the interview comes. Keep in mind that situation questions are popular these days. It’s not just about who you are and what you have to offer, but asking questions about what you would do in certain situations. Here are some typical questions that I have been asked:

  • Why are you applying for this position?
  • Name one conflict/crisis that you have encountered and tell us what you did to overcome it.
  • What would you consider your greatness weakness?
  • What are your strengths?
  • Why would you be a great fit for this position?

Practice

The last thing that you should do to prepare for a job interview is to polish your presentation and responses. The only way to do this is to practice multiple times. Ask a friend or relative to help you by posing random questions to you. While you want to communicate authenticity in the interview and therefore should avoid memorizing responses to certain questions, practicing over and over will help you refine your responses.

From the perspective of the interviewer, a well-prepared interviewee is easy to spot. Make sure to take time to adequately prepare for your next job interview. The process of preparing for the interview will also feed your confidence which will in turn make your interview that much better.

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This was written by Corey, a staff writer from Passive Income to Retire, where he writes about his journey to early retirement.

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