Job Interview Preparation – Tips for success

Story by Gemma Beasley / November 11, 2022

Do your research

Start by reviewing the website, and familiarize yourself with the projects the company has completed, do you have similar experience you can highlight?

Is there a bio for the people you will be meeting with? Look at their profiles on LinkedIn. Perhaps you have mutual industry connections or have some common ground, i.e., sports, the same college, living in the same town, etc. sometimes; these can be good icebreakers that help you relax

Talk to your recruiter. How long have they worked with this company? How many people have they placed with them previously, and can they tell you what their feedback has been?

Prepare your responses to common interview questions that might come up

(These may not be the greatest interview questions, but they often come up so worth practicing out loud how you would respond)

Tell me about yourself?

What do you know about us?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Why do you want this job?

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Read this article on competency-based questions and how to answer them

Questions to ask at the end of an interview

Prepare questions you want to ask. Interviews should be a two-way street and you should be interviewing them as much as vice versa. I recommend adding these two questions to the ones you make a note of:

Are there any reasons you don’t see me moving forward in the process/ do you have any concerns about my suitability for this position that I can address for you now?

What are the next steps?

After the interview

Call your recruiter and give them your feedback. Your immediate gut feeling about the role and how the interview went well will help us to guide you through the next step, whatever that is. The interviewer will want to know how you felt it went and the feedback you gave us.

Send a thank you note to the interviewer(s) and express interest in the position (assuming there is..)

Follow up!

 

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