Preparing for an Interview 

Preparing for an interview can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. You have to make a great first impression, know about the company, and convey why you’re the best candidate for the job. So, to help you prepare for your interview, we created a list of interview tips to help you land your dream job. 

Before the Interview 

Carefully review the job description.

Determine which of your skills meet the job description requirements and be prepared to relate your experience to the job description. Hiring Managers are looking for specific instances you can relate to them about why you are a fit for this position and the company.

Research the company.

Understand what the company does, the culture, and who the leadership is. Look up the mission, vision, and values, and ask yourself if they align with you.

    • How does the company compare to its competition?
    • What is the company’s trajectory?

Know your WHY.

Companies want to know why you want to work for them specifically. Prepare that statement. The research you have done will help you prepare for this answer.

Research common behavioral questions and prepare answers.

Practice questions can be found online.

Practice your speaking voice and body language.

How you appeal to an employer goes beyond what’s on your resume. Be mindful of your posture, eye contact, and nervous habits. Your physical and vocal delivery is extremely important.

Conduct mock interviews with people that will provide an honest and helpful critique.

Mock interviews with friends and family are often harder and more uncomfortable than an actual interview. The more you practice, the more ready and easier your actual interview will be.

Prepare several thoughtful questions for the interviewer(s).

Ask who you will be meeting with and research them. Then, ask questions specific to their roles. Recruiters and hiring managers want to see that you’re interested in the role and the company. Common questions include:

    • Can you describe a typical day or week in the job?
    • How will you measure the success of the person in this position?
    • What are some of the challenges you expect the person in this position to face?

Always dress for success regardless of the company dress code.

First impressions are crucial. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.

Interview Day

Be Prepared.

    • Bring your resume, a pen, and paper to take notes.
    • Arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled interview.
    • If offered a bottle of water, accept it. You will be talking; you can’t control the room temperature and might be nervous.

Stay positive.

Never say anything negative about previous employers or supervisors. Practice statements that remain positive and reflect what you are looking for in a company or supervisor.

Sit up, listen, nod, and show you are engaged.

Recruiters and hiring managers are interested in your answers but also notice your body language and if you’re engaged.

Never discuss salary or benefits unless you are talking to Human Resources.

Human Resources will provide you with all the benefits, salary, and negotiation information.

Thank the interviewer for taking the time to speak with you.

Try and get a business card from each team member to send a thank you note.

Post Interview

Send a thank you note.

Send a thank you note to the recruiter and the interviewer(s). If you are unable to get their contact information, send a thank you note to your recruiter, and they will forward the note to the other participants in the interview. An email is acceptable. A handwritten note is impressive.

Your recruiter will let you know a time frame for a decision. If that information is not offered, ask your recruiter.

Once you reach that date, follow up with your recruiter via email.

Always be polite and positive when following up.

Know that the recruiter is on your side and wants you to succeed. The recruiter can only help your chances, so form a good relationship with them.


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