Preparing for an Interview
Interviewing can seem to be a daunting task. Simplify interviews by breaking the process down into preparation, execution, and follow-up. This article will focus on preparing for an interview.
- Practice your answer to the commonly asked “tell me about yourself” question.
- Memorize what is on your resume so you can be prepared to answer any questions an employer may ask regarding what you wrote.
- Have a solid explanation of what you did,
learned, and achieved at your past job roles or in your educational experiences. You can learn more about describing those roles here.
- Research the company you are interviewing with and prepare questions. An employer will be impressed to hear you have done research and you are showing a deep interest in the company.
- Research the hiring manager, or whoever you will be interviewing with. You can find their past experiences on LinkedIn and think about ways you can relate to them in your conversation. For example, you both have volunteered at the same organization.
- Pick out professional clothing that makes you feel confident and have a well-groomed appearance.
- If your resume is virtual, as many have been recently, make sure to test out your camera and audio is working both ahead of time and right before the interview. You should also make sure the background behind you is simple and not overwhelming or distracting to look at. You want the focus to be on you and not your environment.