Before the Interview
Whether the meeting is in-person, a phone call, or a video call, there are important steps to take prior to the initial interview to ensure a great first impression.
1. Research the Company
Locating the company’s website is a great first step that will provide important information like the organization’s values, goals, and work culture. It can also be useful to research websites like LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and Indeed to learn more about the company from the perspective of current and former employees. Leveraging your professional network when doing your research can also be informative – especially if you have connections who can provide additional context on the company or the specific role you are applying for. This comprehensive research will generate a more informed understanding of the company and its trajectory – leading to a more insightful and tailored approach to the interview.
2. Review the Job Description
Having a genuine understanding of what the company is looking for in the role is important. Knowing how to align previous experience with the requirements and qualifications of the role will create the direct correlation between what you have to offer and the needs of the company. Leave nothing up to chance; make the connections between what you can do and what the company is looking for clear to those interviewing you.
3. Know Your Resume
Reviewing the resume that you submitted for the position is an important preparation step. If it is on your resume, there is a chance a question will be asked about it. Being confident and prepared to speak about your education and work history is just as important as being able to speak about your relevant skills and qualifications. It is important to avoid any misinformation or misrepresentation, so be prepared to speak to all of the information included on your resume.
4. Have Specific Scenarios Prepared
It can be difficult to predict specific scenarios an interviewer will ask for, so it is a good idea to come prepared with at least 2-3 specific examples of a time you overcame a challenge, produced measurable results, and accomplished something of value. These scenarios should tie back to the skills and qualifications listed on the job description while highlighting your capabilities to fulfill the requirements.