How to Prepare for a Job Interview

May 18, 2011 Posted by

How to Prepare for a Job Interview

Even if you are still in the job search phase right now, it is never too early to start preparing for the interview process.  After all, if you apply to the right jobs and send a professional resume, you can expect a call in just a few days!  So how can you prepare for a job interview?

Practice:  The best way to breeze through an interview is to practice the interview at home.  You can do this in front of your mirror (silly but it does work) or enlist the help of a friend or family member.  You want to go down through the list of common questions asked during an interview:  What are your strengths?  What are your weaknesses?  Why do you want to work for our company?  What can you bring to the company?  By doing a few practice job interview sessions at home, you can prepare for these common questions and develop a well-planned and well-crafted answer.

Research:  Of course you don’t want to overdo it, but knowing a little bit about the company you are applying to has its benefits.  As mentioned above, a common interview question is “why do you want to work for our company?”  If the company has been in business for years, you could tie their long-lasting existence into your answer.  As long as you don’t go overboard by trying to prove you did your research, this knowledge can work to your advantage.

Dress:  Start thinking about what you need to wear to the job interview.  This is recommended for planning ahead because you may need to go shopping and buy a new outfit.  General rule of thumb is to always dress professional to make a good impression.  This means even if you are applying for a job at McDonalds or a local retail store, bring out your best clothes.  In most cases, for semi-informal interviews a nice shirt and a pair of kakai pants will do the trick.

By implanting the above mentioned steps you will be well prepared for your upcoming job interviews even the ones that aren’t scheduled yet!  Speaking of which, start your job search today with the help of a job finder.

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