I mean are you REALLY ready for your upcoming interview?
You only have one shot at making the best first impression. No pressure, right? But there’s a lot you can do to prepare for your job interview and level the playing field during the conversation.
Reviewing your resume and ironing your suit are certainly important but can you answer these questions?
- What are the biggest challenges facing the company and their industry?
- What has their growth been over the past year? (Employment and financial growth)
- Do you know three things about the person you are interviewing with?
- Why is this position available?
Yes, acquiring this information is difficult, however, would you feel better prepared to have it in advance? How would it change the flow of the conversation if you knew these answers in advance of your job interview? This stuff is not top secret. People who work for the company know the answers! Talk to them.
Get Ready For Your Upcoming Interview
I have written about this before: How to Prepare for an Interview If you want more information on interviewing, review this for a bit of extra help preparing for your next interview.
Here are some interview questions to help with your rehearsal: Pre-Interview Prep
Don’t just run the answers to questions around in your head: Practice Your Interview Answers Out Loud
Don’t divulge too much The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth
Be ready to answer this question: Why Did You Leave Your Job
How can you really show you are interested in the job after your first interview? Setting Yourself Apart with a 30-60-90 Day Plan
And maybe even share your infographic resume!
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.