- Research the company
It is important to go into an interview with a good baseline of knowledge about the company. In the days leading up to your interview, visit the company website, browse social media, including LinkedIn and Google News. By doing research, you can ensure that your responses are geared toward the company’s mission and goals. At the end of the interview, use what you learned to ask compelling questions. You can make a much better impression on the hiring team by showing you have done your research.
- Research Common Interview Questions
Many people stress over the unknown of an interview. However, I would argue that the candidate has more control in an interview than they think. There are basic questions that candidates will almost certainly be asked. These include, “Tell me about yourself,” “Why do you want to work for us?” What are your strengths and weaknesses?” In addition, read the job description and look at the transferrable skills. Write them down. Research possible interview questions based on those skills.
- Make a Cheat Sheet and Prepare Your Responses
Look at your list of possible questions. Determine the situation you would like to discuss and write out the key points. It’s a great idea to schedule mock interview or practice with someone. You can schedule a mock interview with Pitt Business Career Development by clicking here. This is key in succeeding in an interview!
- Come Up With Your Own Questions
Another one of those certainly asked questions is “Do you have any questions for me/us?” This serves as a test for whether or not you’ve done your research and are a good fit for the role. Use the research you gathered to ask custom, informed questions about the role and company. Do not Google “questions to ask during an interview,” they’ve heard all of those before. Write them down, and ask politely if you can take them out during the interview. Your questions allow you to stand out from other applicants.
- Types of Interviews and Logistics
The technical logistics of an interview can vary based on the type of interview you are doing – phone, video, in-person, etc.
- Pick a quiet place with good service
- Confirm the day and time and pay attention to differences in time zones.
- How are you connecting – Are they calling you? Are you calling them? What number to reach?
- Review your prep material before the call.
- Pick a quiet place with good lighting and a clean/neat background.
- Do a test run to ensure software and the internet are running smoothly.
- Dress Professionally – you don’t want the interviewer to accidentally see that you are wearing sweatpants with your suit jacket
- Know the culture and the dress that is appropriate or necessary for the interview
- Know where you are going and how you are getting there. Do a practice run
- Print multiple copies of your resume
- Bring your questions with you
- Arrive early, but not too early. 10 minutes is appropriate.
Interview prep can be tedious and time-consuming, but it is worth it in the end. It is interview season, so use these tools and ace your next interview!