Job Interview Tips

3 Ways To Prepare For Your Job Interview

Preparing for a job interview can become an incredibly stressful process. There are many things you can do to effectively prepare for the interview so you can land your dream job. Here are some job interview tips to help you get started.

Job Interview Tip # 1 – Know the Company

Before you head in for any job interview, you need to know about the company. Start by using their website to research their profile and background. Social media sites can help you to learn about the company and typical conversation topics. You might even find information about the people that are conducting the job interviews. As you research company information, write down a few questions you can ask the interviewer. You need to try and come up with some engaging questions that show the interviewer you have done your research and you are prepared to help build the company. Here are some examples:
  • What markets do you expect the company to focus on in the future?
  • How long have you worked for the company?
  • What do you enjoy about the working environment?
  • Do you feel you are creatively challenged here?

Job Interview Tip # 2 – Practice with a Friend

To properly prepare for a job interview, get a friend to help you practice. Have your friend become the hard-hitting interview questionnaire so you can try to come up with prompt answers. Your friend can tell you what your body language looks like and if you are coming across as nervous. They can also help you with answers to questions. Try to avoid typical answers like “yes, sure, and no”. You should ask an interviewer for additional clarification every time you aren’t quite sure how to respond to a question. The great thing about practicing with a friend is how it can help you to prepare for things such as giving a complete answer. You can also work on eye contact, and slowing down your speech if you talk too quickly. The goal is to come across with confidence in yourself and your abilities.

Job Interview Tip # 3 – Use Stories

Many job interviewers state that the best applicants are those that appear confident and have a variety of knowledge. You want to try avoid talking about yourself. By using some stories, it can help you to display some of your best characteristics. Instead of answering with a generic answer to the common question, “what is your biggest weakness?” You can tell a particular story where perhaps you struggled in the past but you have learned from the experience to become a stronger worker. Nailing a job interview doesn’t have to be a tough process. With research and practice, you will be able to convince a potential employer of your skills and confidence.

Ryan Kohler is the founder & CEO of ApplicantPro, which provides hiring software & applicant tracking software.