How To: Prepare to a Job Interview

Pre Interview:

  1. 1. Meet deadlines for the tasks given (submitting your resume, cover letter, etc.) to show initiative, eagerness and competency
  2. 2. Research the job and industry
  3. 3. Research typical job interview questions and practice answering them. It helps to write it down for memory. A big one to know how to answer is how your past experiences and responsibilities relate to the job you’re applying for.
  4. 4. Come up with your top 5 strengths and positive qualities about yourself, and a couple of weaknesses. You really have to know yourself and what kind of person you are to really nail a job interview!
  5. 5. Dress professionally. Regardless if the office is causal, dress up a little more to give that little something extra. Remember, dress for the job you want, not the job you have.

During Interview

  1. 1. Introduce yourself if you’re not already fully acquainted. Give a good handshake. No dead fish hands. Seriously though.
  2. 2. Show body language that is active and shows interest; a trick is to lean slightly forward, this says, “I’m interested, I want this position.”
    • No crossed arms
    • No looking down
    • No checking your phone or watch
  3. 3. Think of your answer before you start talking; your interviewer will appreciate a well thought of answer, versus talking in circles if you haven’t processed what you’d like to say completely.
  4. 4. Show, don’t tell. By giving specific examples, share a real life experience to their question. This will give the hiring manager the ability to understand how your problem solve.
  5. 5. If they ask about your weakness, give one, but don’t dwell on it for too long. Give them a true, but low impact weakness and how you’ve been successfully overcoming it (or a plan to overcome it.)
  6. 6. When they ask if you have questions for them, NEVER say no. It’s like a death sentence if you say no. Ask them insightful questions that show you put in thought and research into the position you are applying for.

Post Interview

  1. 1. Send thank you emails to all of your interviewers (if you have more than one.) Vary the text you send to each one to show creativity and that you really paid attention in his or her individual interview. Recap what was said and reiterate why you’re the perfect person for the job. Ask if there is any additional information you can get to them to help make a decision.

*Stay true to yourself. Be honest if the job is not what you thought it would be. It’s very obvious when your excitement dwindles mid-interview.