How to Prepare for an Interview

Being prepared for an interview is a key to success. Not only will it give you the confidence  to go in and nail it, but it will also make a good impression. Why would any company want to hire someone who isn’t interested enough in their own personal success? There’s never any harm in being over-organized or prepared, so we’ve put together a nit-picky, detail oriented interview to-do list, so you can be prepared and impress future employers.apertus-partners-preparing-for-an-interview-hiring-careers-employment

  1. Know the company. This is very important when interviewing. Always do your research and use your expertise on the company to show your interest, how prepared you are, and to help answer questions.
  2. Anticipate and prepare responses. Find a list of interview questions online and practice answering them. It’s better to have planned, organized responses than to go in winging it. You may know yourself better than anyone, but the pressure of being on the spot may end up leaving you surprised. It’s always better to be prepared.
    • Here are some questions to consider:
      • What is your greatest strength? Weakness? Accomplishment?
      • How do you balance your time when you have many important things to do?
      • Why did you leave your last job?
      • Why should we hire you?
      • Why do you want to work for us?
      • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  1. Know the detailed job description. This isn’t said lightly. Know every single aspect of the job description and how it relates to your skills directly.
  2. Know the little details and plan accordingly beforehand. You always want to be at least 15 minutes early for an interview. Here are some questions you should know the answer to before the day of your interview:
    • Where is the interview? How far is it from your home? What time should you leave?
    • What’s the dress code? It’s better to over-dress than to under-dress for an interview. Pick out your outfit the night beforehand.
    • Who will you be interviewing with? Find out their name and remember it.
  3. Have everything ready the night before, including all necessary materials.
    • Have extra copies of your resume with you
    • Bring a list of references
    • Print out the directions and contact number (in case for some reason you get lost, etc. and are late)
    • A professional notepad and pen
    • Information you may need to complete an application
    • A portfolio with samples of work (if relevant)
  4. Prepare a list of follow-up questions and bring it with you. Try to add in a few that are company specific. Here are a few others to consider:
    • What are the opportunities for advancement?
    • What’s the most important criteria for success in this position?
    • What makes this company great to work for?
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