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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.


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.


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?


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.

What do you do to prepare for an interview?

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



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. My brother is actively looking for a job. I will forward this to him Derek. Thanks.

  2. It is really important to prepare, last summer I was actively searching and interviewing and the more I interviewed the better I got at it, but you have to do a lot of research on the company and the position you are going for.

  3. Great tips! I always get super-nervous in job interviews, so I make sure I practice a lot before meeting with HR.

    • Thanks Christa. Yes, I think many people get nervous too.

  4. All great tips. I would also add that dressing appropriately will never hurt. Shirt and tie for the guys and at least nice blouse and slacks for the ladies. Even if you’re over dressed, it will impress.

  5. I do all the things you suggest and a couple more. When I research the company I try to find information on the interviewer. Since I normally interview for high level executive positions, I want to know as much as I can about the president. He would probably be my boss. The research is important since I want to connect with the interviewer.

    • That’s a great point. Adding a personal connection can help you stand out from the others.

  6. All great tips. Being prepared is the way to go, as it is for many other areas of life. When that happens, confidence comes through – which also is a big help in winning the job.

  7. Thanks for this nice collection of useful tips! They are very useful for me, because I’m seeking for a new job now and I’ve invited to some interviews already,

  8. I remember when I could say I’d been offered every job I’d ever interviewed for.
    These are great tips, I just want to add, though, that sometimes it doesn’t matter how much you prepare and practice. You might not get the job, and it will have nothing to do with you.
    I just want to add that because the first time I interviewed for a job and didn’t get it, it was a shock to my system,and it messed with my confidence levels.

  9. Thanks for this great tips. I admit that I am so bad at interviews.. But know that I learned a lot from you I will surely be prepared for the my next interview.. 🙂

  10. Whenever I go in for an interview, I make sure I do background research of the company and practice a little. I also think its important to wear appropriate attire and dress your best for an interview.

    • Great tips Charlotte! I’ve heard that you should dress one step higher than the position would require you to wear. So, pretend you got the job, what would you wear? A pair of dress pants and a nice dress shirt? For the interview, throw on a tie, but don’t pull out the suit, it’s just too dressy.

  11. These are good points. I want to add looking up the interviewers on LinkedIn also if you know who they are ahead of time. It helps to know their background too. Depending on the job, having a well presented portfolio of previous work can make a difference.

    • Good tips! Knowing your employer and having a top-notch portfolio will definitely help you in the interview process. 🙂

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