Preparing for an Interview
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
I haven’t interviewed for a new position in quite some time, but I recently was approached with an interesting opportunity. The interview is next week. What can I do to prepare myself?
Preparing for an interview can be just as nerve wracking as the interview itself. Remember you cannot possibly learn everything about the company, the person you’re interviewing with or the opportunity. However you can educate yourself enough to allow you to be successful.
First, do due diligence on the company. If it is a publicly traded entity, there will be more information than you could possibly dream of. Make sure you read the latest headlines and find out why they are in the news. Learn about their product and/or service offerings, delivery model and the person(s) you will be meeting with. If you are unable to attain this information call the person that contacted you about the job (referral, recruiter, colleague, etc) and ask them to help fill in the blanks.
Create a list of questions that you will need addressed in order to determine if the company is right for you. Remember, you are interviewing them as well, so it is important that you know how the position will affect you, your family and your career.
Prior to walking into the interview, bring with you four things: 1. Extra copies of your resume; 2. References; 3. Any visual aid that will showcase a talent, skill, etc. (i.e. examples of work); 4.The questions you developed while doing your due diligence. Make sure you relax, act like yourself and answer all questions truthfully. Good luck.