Preparing for your Interview

A day or two before your interview, take some time to review what you know about the company and how you’ll fit into the organization.

Know the Company

  • Know the company’s products and services
  • Review the company’s website, history, and recent media releases
  • Understand key competitors
  • Be prepared to tell the interviewer why their company is attractive to you

Know Yourself

  • Review the key qualifications from the job description, and note how your skills and experience align
  • Write a few professional success stories
  • Visualize yourself in this job and at this company

Prepare your answers to the 10 most common interview questions:

  • Tell me about yourself (a 60-second answer and focus on professional experience)
  • What do you know about the company?
  • Why are you leaving or did you leave your last position?
  • What are your goals (focus on professional goals, 3 and 5 years)?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why do you want to work for this company?
  • What has been your most significant achievement?
  • How would your last manager and colleagues describe you?
  • Why should we hire you for this job?
  • What are your salary and compensation expectations?

Items to Bring to the Interview

  • A pen and note pad to jot down notes
  • Your list of questions about the position and company to ask the interviewer
  • Directions and the phone number for your interviewer in case you get delayed
  • Your recruiter’s phone number to give immediate feedback after the interview
  • Multiple copies of your resume, a list of professional references, and business cards
  • Addresses and phone numbers of your previous companies for the employment application

Arrival at the Interview

  • Arrive no earlier than fifteen minutes and no later than five minutes prior to the interview
  • Leave your cell phone in the car, or turn it off so it won’t interrupt your meeting
  • Complete application in full. Do not write “see resume” as a response to any question

Appearance

  • Check with your recruiter to determine the appropriate level of dress; it is always better to be more formally dressed than too casually
  • Avoid wearing fragrance as some individuals are sensitive
  • Jewelry should be kept minimal; a watch and wedding/class ring are acceptable
  • Stand and greet your interviewer with a firm, but not bone-crushing handshake
  • Maintain good eye contact and smile
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