Prepping for an Interview

After the elation of winning a coveted interview slot wears off, nerves can often kick in as questions arise. You might be wondering how to put your best foot forward. How to really shine can be an evasive mystery, but there are steps you can take to help yourself.

The first order of business is to do your research. It is important to have knowledge of the company and field in which you aspire to work, and you should be ready to showcase this during your interview. Another helpful tip is to gain an understanding of the company’s mission and culture. Not only can this help you to see if you would be a good fit, but it can also be helpful to bring up during the interview. This shows that you share similar values with the company and that you are invested in working for them in particular. It can also be beneficial for you to know some of the professional history of the person interviewing you. This will allow you to engage with them, and you may be able to learn from them about their career path and how they arrived in their current role. The end of an interview can be a great opportunity to ask questions that you are curious about, such as what the role is like or questions about the type of work.

The next step in preparing for an interview involves writing down potential questions that you think they might ask you, that are pertinent to your field, or that you have found mentioned online. From here, you can start to think about answers that you think are thorough, well-spoken, and showcase your positive qualities. You can use these questions to practice interview yourself too. That way you will be ready for the big day.

Remember, even if you do not win the job this time, you’ve still gained practice in both prepping for and in actually doing an interview. No matter the outcome you’re leaving better prepared for the next one. It’s also important to remember that someone took time out of their day to meet with you, and so it is nice to send a thank you note. Good luck out there!

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