The only thing standing between you and your dream job is the interview. With so much riding on one meeting, you have to take the time to properly prepare so that you can put your best foot forward.
Here are three to-dos I suggest you do in advance of any job interview:
- Review your resume. Most of what the interviewer will ask will be based on information found in your resume. You need to ensure that you know what is there. This will also be a great reminder of the high points that you should touch upon during the interview.
- Be prepared to answer the typical questions asked in any interview. Some examples are “What are your strengths?”, “What are your weaknesses?” and “Why do you want to work here?” A ten second Google search on the most common interview questions will give you plenty of ideas on what you should be prepared for.
- Research the company you are interviewing with. Spend some time on their website. Find out what they do, who their customers are, where they operate, etc. The bottom line is you can’t show the interviewer you are a good fit for the company if you don’t know anything about them. This will also prepare you to ask better questions of the interviewer. (Yes, this is one thing they are expecting you to do.)
A job interview is like a sales appointment. The only difference is that product you are selling is you! And just like a sales appointment, you won’t close the deal unless you are prepared for the meeting a head of time.
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