A Great Interview Requires Great Preparation
I know you want to walk into that room with cool confidence on the day of your interview. And you can. But that confidence takes building- and it starts before the day-of.
Prepare for Your Job Interview with Thorough Research
If you’ve been asked to interview with a company you’re excited about, chances are you already know a bit about them. But do you know enough?
The answer is probably no. After all, you can never be too prepared!
Before the interview is the time to arm yourself with the tools you need to win the interviewer over. Start with research. Research as much as you can about the company and the position you’re interviewing for.
- When was the company founded?
- Who are some people that hold the top positions in this company?
- What all does the position you’re interviewing for entail?
- What are some of the company’s crowning achievements?
- Can you network with anyone who works for or has worked for this company?
Use Your Research to Prepare Your Own Interview Questions
Yes, you’re the one being interviewed for the job. But an interview is also the time for you, as a prospect, to discover whether or not this is the right workplace for you.
Has your research of this company left you with any nagging questions? If so, prepare them ahead of time to ask in the interview when given the opportunity. If not, you should still be preparing thoughtful, research based questions to ask your interviewer.
For example: “I see that [insert name and high-level position] started with [company name] in the same position I’m applying for today. What is it about [name] that led him/her to be so successful within this company and rise to where they stand today?”
Furthermore, you’ll likely gain points with the interviewer for these thoughtful, relevant questions. Get the answers you’re looking for. Demonstrate your knowledge of the company. Highlight your interest in the job.
Pre-Interview Preparation: There’s More!
You’ve done your research, you know the company. Though whether it’s an in-person interview or a virtual interview, your knowledge is only as solid as your delivery.
Competence builds confidence. Knowing you’re competent in an interview requires proving it to yourself beforehand through practice.
Practice Interviewing Yourself
You want to sit down for the big interview and exude confidence. You need to speak clearly and concisely and demonstrate that you’re the most capable candidate for the position. That’s a lot harder to do if you’re not well-versed in the information you’re delivering.
This is where practice comes into play.
A mirror is going to be your best friend whilst working on nailing down your delivery. Stand in front of a mirror and talk about yourself. Say the things you would say in an interview. Answer questions you expect to be asked.
Do this all while watching your face and body language. Can you deliver information about yourself without tripping over your tongue? Now can you do that while keeping your shoulders back and a smile on your face?
Once you’ve mastered the art of interviewing yourself in a mirror you can feel confident in knowing you’re capable. You can shine in front of an interviewer as well.
The Mock Interview
To further instill confidence and prepare before your big day, set up a mock interview. Do this with a trusted friend or family member. This will allow you to demonstrate the skills you’ve practiced in the mirror in an actual, one-on-one interview setting.
Be sure to create your mock interview with someone who you can take seriously. Have this person prepare challenging questions that may arise in the real deal interview. Assure your setting is professional and realistic– don’t cheat yourself by having your mock interview on the couch with a TV playing in the background.
Yes, this can feel silly and uncomfortable at first, but take the mock interview seriously. Prepare answers to common interview questions and get used to delivering on the fly with that calm, confidence everyone wants to portray.