Starting Your Career
Preparing for an Interview
As you prepare for your interview, consider these tips to make the most of your experience.
Here are three easy steps to prepare for your interview:
- Practice, practice, practice
Have a friend interview you and ask you questions about your experience and skills. Consider wearing your interview clothes for the practice session to make it as real as possible.
- Research the company and the job
Visit the company’s website and search the internet for any articles or press releases about the organization. See what current and former employees have to say about the company on Glassdoor. Also, research the company’s competition and marketplace.
- Prepare your own questions
You should have three to five questions that you want to ask the interviewer about the company and the job.
When interview day arrives, here are seven tips that will help things go smoothly.
- Arrive early
Interviews can be stressful enough without having to deal with traffic or parking issues. Allow yourself plenty of time. Plus, it will show you’re prepared and eager.
- Be yourself
Use your own voice and style; don’t sound too canned or rehearsed.
- Take your time answering questions
Thoughtfulness counts and demonstrates your willingness to be genuine.
- Use good body language
You want to present a professional image. Make eye contact and smile to show goodwill and confidence. Maintain a posture that conveys you’re relaxed but also alert.
- Take copies of your resume
It’s always professional to have a resume ready to pass out at the interview. Have extra copies for group interviews.
- Ask for a business card
Gather contact information from interviewers so you can send thank you notes.
- Inquire about a hire time
Don’t hesitate to ask the interviewer when they plan to make a hiring decision. Understanding their time frame helps you make plans too.
When you finish the interview, the work is not done. Here are two simple things that will help you stand out from the crowd.
- Send a thank you note
Yeah, it’s sort of old-school, but it still matters. And send it right after the interview. Don’t put it off. Employers make decisions quickly.
- Stay in contact
If you haven’t heard from the interviewer in more than a week, give them a call or send an email. It’s ok to check on the job status and let them know you’re still interested.