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4 Tips for Preparing for Your Next Interview – Job Seeker Tips

July 5th, 2013

Getting called for a job interview can be an exciting time, but it can also be filled with worries. However, with some quick preparation, you can be ready to wow the hiring manager on the big day.  It’s advised that you take the time to do your homework before the interview so that you can walk in there with confidence and knowledge. Here are 4 ways to get ready for a job interview and (hopefully) land a new job!

  1. Research the company in advance.  How much do you really know about the company you are hoping to work for? Get online and Google the company website. Review the company About page, learn who they serve, and find the mission statement. Learn more about the leadership of the company and locate any press releases that discuss new developments.
  2. Practice your interview skills.  Sure, you can practice answering general interview questions, but you also have to be ready for some curveballs. Look up some interview questions for the type of assignment you are applying for. Note any industry lingo, products, and skills you will need for the job. Be prepared to demonstrate your knowledge of these factors. Ask a friend to give you some feedback on your interviewing style.
  3. Learn more about the company culture. Another key aspect of being a good fit for the assignment you are applying for is understanding the corporate culture. Find out what the daily duties of the job may be and try to imagine what your work style may be in that setting. Check out the company social network accounts and see what people are talking about.
  4. Write a list of questions to ask.  During the interview, you will likely be asked if you have any questions too. This can catch you off guard if you are not prepared. Make a list of at least five questions to ask about the assignment and company, NOT related to salary or benefits. Consider how you can ask questions that lend to your benefit to the company, not the other way around.

Finally, at the conclusion of the interview, you can seal the deal with this professional touch: Take the time to note the name of the human resource director or the recruiter you’ve interviewed with, and have a hand-written thank you letter ready to drop in the mail box on the way home. An email follow up just won’t cut it if you want to impress the hiring manager and get the job.

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