Whether it’s a introductory phone interview or the second round of face to face interviews, knowing how to prepare for a job interview can be the difference between receiving a job offer and never getting a call back.
Here are 5 steps to keep in mind when preparing for a job interview:
1. Research the company.
Hiring managers will almost always ask why you’re interested in the position and company, or whether you’re familiar with the company’s products/services. Not knowing what you’re talking about can cost you the job, and this type of research really only takes 5-10 minutes. The best place to research the company is right on their corporate website. You can also find their Facebook or Twitter profiles to get a better sense of the company culture.
2. Research the person interviewing you.
Find out the name of the person interviewing you, as well as their job title. Research their background on LinkedIn or Google to find out what type of experience they have, how long they’ve been at the company, etc. This is a very important step when preparing for a job interview- having this type of basic knowledge can help you find a common ground during the conversation.
3. Review your resume.
The person interviewing you will probably have your resume in front of them. You’re expected to be able to answer questions about your experience without looking down at notes. You should be familiar with the jobs that you’ve listed on your resume and able to answer questions about these positions off the top of your head. Skipping over this simple step when preparing for a job interview could leave you unprepared for certain questions.
4. Review the job description.
If you applied for a job, it is assumed that you took the time to carefully read the entire job description. Even if you already did this, it’s a great idea to refresh your memory before the interview by reading through the description one more time. Look for similarities between the job description and your resume. It’s great to be able to point out a few overlaps or areas where you have prior experience during the interview.
5. Write down some questions.
Write down a few good questions about the job or company. You can base these questions off of the job description as well as general information you’ve seen on the company website. Save these for the end of the interview. Hiring managers will usually ask if you have any questions and saying “no” is a huge red flag (you’ll seem uninterested).