How to Prepare for a Job Interview
The time has come to interview for a new position and most are either reentering the workforce or simply making a transition. Job interviews can be nerve-racking and considering that most people don’t practice interviewing every day, your skills may be rusty. Not to worry though, because we’ve got helpful tips to make securing the new job a breeze.
Research the Company and Position
Regardless of whether you secured the job interview by applying, or the company reached out to you, understanding what you’re interviewing for is crucial. First things first, do some digging on the company you are interviewing with. Being familiar with the company, its business practices, and any internal issues will help in determining if they are the place for you. Second, research the role you are being interviewed for and have a deep understanding of what you may be asked to do. Interviewers want to ensure that they hire the correct person for the job, and being able to answer questions regarding the position is critical.
Dress to Impress
Researching the company and position is fairly light work, but most of the weight of interviewing can be relieved by preparing. There are a select few who are natural interviewees, capable of answering any question on the spot and radiate confidence in themselves. For others, practice makes perfect and minor mistakes are normal. The most common mistakes in interviews are being improperly dressed, the inability to answer questions thoroughly, and more than anything else, nerves. The number one tip that everyone will tell you when it comes to interviews is to dress to impress. Depending on the position, you may not need to fully “suit up”, but appearing well dressed and presentable will leave a positive impact. As we discussed previously, due to the times, video interviews are becoming more common, but it is best practice to put pants on.
The next tip in minimizing mistakes is to rehearse common interview questions, and have examples fresh in your mind. Give me an example of a time when…, is one of the most used questions for two reasons. Employers need to see how quickly a potential employee can think on their feet and provide answers. Problem-solving and conflict resolution are critical skills to have in the professional workplace, so communicating your proficiency in these skills is necessary. All of this preparation is good, but it only goes so far depending on your efficiency in communication. Being able to speak fluently and proficiently about your potential job will impress your interviewer and demonstrate that you are prepared for this role.
The professional world has changed drastically over the past year now that so many are working from home. The world is more isolated than ever, but luckily there are a plethora of tools available to keep us connected. One of the most powerful tools during the pandemic has been video conference systems such as Zoom or Google Hangouts. If you haven’t spent much time during the pandemic with these tools, watch a few tutorials and get yourself familiar with the ins and outs. Most interviewers will request a video call considering the state of the world and the broader range of hiring nowadays. Beyond the interview, this may be a test to see how well you work with these systems before moving forward in the hiring process. Companies are using more digital marketing tools to streamline business practices and the less they have to teach the more value you bring.