Things to Keep in Mind When Preparing for an Interview
- Arrive 10 + minutes early.
- Do research about the company/organization and the interviewer beforehand.
- Prepare 3-5 questions to ask the interviewer about the role and organization.
- Dress professionally in a manner that matches the organization or is slightly more formal than the work dress code. Make sure you wear something you are both comfortable and confident in.
- Bring several copies of your resume printed on nice paper.
- Have a decent/firm handshake.
- Always answer questions positively and playing up your strengths—even questions asked about weaknesses or failures.
- Find out style of interview beforehand and practice—case studies, personality interview, phone, skype, group, team, recorded, etc.
- Try to avoid giving a salary range in your first interview. Ask what they are looking for and state that you would like to learn more about the role and responsibilities in order to assess the appropriate range.
- Anticipate interviewer’s concerns and reservations about you and prepare strong responses that explain and present positive qualities.
- Take time to tailor your skills and experiences to become your selling points for the specific position you are interviewing for.
- Follow up with a thank you note or email.
- If you know anyone who works for the organization or knows the person you’re interviewing with, ask him/her to put in a good word for you.