- If possible, use the company’s products and services.
- Before going to your job interview, examine the job description carefully.
- Acknowledging your skills and qualifications is something that’s expected of you, and your job interview isn’t exactly the best place to be modest and downplay your achievements.
Going for a job interview may seem intimidating, even more so if it’s your first time applying for a job. However, with thorough research, detailed preparation, and careful planning, you can make sure that you pass your job interview with flying colors. Below, we’re listing five steps to prepare for your job interview and land that job offer.
Do your research on the company
Preparedness is key to ensuring you shine during your job interview. Start by doing your research on the company and the position they’re offering. A quick Google search should provide you with all the essential information while Google reviews, LinkedIn, and Facebook will give you an insight into the company’s culture. You should also head to the company’s website and blog (if they have one). It’ll help you better understand their values and the type of products or services they offer.
If possible, use the company’s products and services. That way, you’ll know how to answer any questions related to the products and services that come up during the interview, which will indicate that you’re taking this interview seriously.
Analyze the job description
Other than researching the company, you should also find out as much as you can about the job itself. Before going to your job interview, examine the job description carefully, analyzing everything from requirements to qualities to qualifications an ideal candidate should possess.
For instance, if you’re applying for the position of a virtual receptionist, you’ll have to possess the strong communication, time management, and organizational skills needed for addressing customer concerns, managing clients, and answering phone calls. This job description will differ greatly from, say, the job description of a data entry clerk who still needs strong language skills to manage large amounts of information but whose job doesn’t involve working directly with customers (although this depends on the company). You’ll also need to factor in the requirements related to education and training to see if you can align yourself with the qualities the employer is looking for.
Prepare answers to common interview questions
Of course, there’s no way of knowing the exact questions that will come up during the interview. That said, there are some common interview questions you can prepare for. These include questions like “Can you tell me more about yourself?”, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”, and “Why do you think you’d be great for this job?”.
Your interview process may also involve evaluation or tests. For instance, if you’re applying for the position of a computer programmer, you can expect to write or evaluate lines of code as a part of your job interview. Try to find out what type of interview you can expect (phone, virtual, group, one-on-one, etc.) and practice at home. Make sure to prepare your own questions for the interviewer. That way, you’ll make sure that the job you’re applying for is also the right fit for you.
Select the right outfit for the interview
How you choose to present yourself to the potential employer will speak volumes, so make sure to use this as an opportunity to secure a great first impression. Consider the position you’re applying for and the general dress code and base your interview outfit choices on that. Even if you’re applying for a job that involves working in a more casual environment (restaurant, store, etc.), it’s still important that you dress appropriately and present yourself to the interviewer as tidy and neat.
Generally speaking, wearing more formal clothes than you’d usually wear at work is something you can’t go wrong with. Your accessories, shoes, hair, and makeup will also affect your overall appearance, so make sure they’re appropriate as well.
This is something many people feel uncomfortable with yet it can make a world of difference in how your potential employer perceives you. Acknowledging your skills and qualifications is something that’s expected of you, and your job interview isn’t exactly the best place to be modest and downplay your achievements. Then again, you wouldn’t want to come across as narcissistic and a big bragger.
Your safest bet is to try to find balance between the two. Some of the best ways to humblebrag your way into your new job include tailoring your message to the job responsibilities, relying on your resume as your brag sheet, and using numbers and results to do the bragging for you. Every word you say during the interview is an opportunity to sell yourself, so make sure you highlight your achievements while in the hot seat. After all, that is why you’re there for, right?
Although it may seem like a daunting task, succeeding at your job interview is simply a matter of taking enough time to carefully prepare yourself, taking into account everything from the clothes you’ll wear, things you’ll say, and the questions you’ll ask during the interview. Remember, practice makes perfect, and the more prepared you are, the more it will show during your job interview, and this is something that will be largely appreciated.