A Guide to Preparing for an Interview
Interviews can be both exciting and terrifying. You’re happy they liked your resume but what if they ask you a question you can’t answer. You need to convince the interviewer you fit the job description and the company’s culture. Show them you add something invaluable to the team. Here are some ways to prepare for the interview so you can walk in with confidence:
Visit the company’s website and LinkedIn page
You want to show you have some interest in the business and the position. Getting to know the company through their website and LinkedIn page will put ahead of most people and make you memorable. When you answer an interview questions, try referring to something you found during your research. Impress them with your knowledge!
Write your elevator pitch
They may ask the questions, “tell me about yourself.” You need to tie your answer to the job you’re interviewing for and what you know about the company.
Research the kinds of questions interviewers are likely to ask. Once you have your list, write out your answers, then have a friend or family member interview you. This way, you’ll get comfortable with your answers. Make sure your responses don’t sound like you’re reading from something. Practice until you sound natural. You’ll feel more confident walking into the interview.
Write down questions you’re going to ask the interviewer
At the end of the interview, you will be asked, “Do you have any questions?” Your answer should never be, “no.” While you’re doing your company research, think of questions to ask. You can find a list generic questions to ask online. It would be better to ask a more unique question that shows your knowledge of the company and your interest in working there.
Here’s one solid question to ask, “is there anything else that you need to know about me that will help you make a decision?”
Organize your documents
Depending on the job you’re interviewing for, they may ask you to bring items like some form of ID or your diploma. They may even send you a form you need to fill out and bring in. Check the email or talk with your Recruiter. Double-check your items the night before to make sure you have everything you need for the interview. Keep them in a folder so you can grab them when you’re leaving and they won’t get ruined while you’re traveling. Bring at least three copies of your resume.
Pick your outfit and iron it
During your research, you should’ve gotten an idea of the culture of the company that’s interviewing you. You’ll see if it’s a place where everyone wears a suit or if it’s a little more casual. If you’re unsure, call your Metro Path Recruiter and ask them. Prepare your outfit the day before just in case you have to do some alternations like the pants are too long or the suit needs to be ironed. You don’t want to be late for the interview because you couldn’t get your outfit together.
Most of us have Smartphones pre-loaded with Google Maps. The night before, enter the address into Google Maps to see how long it would take you to arrive at the company. Set your arrival time for 15 minutes before your interview to make sure you are on time. If you can, go to the building before your interview so you can be confident you won’t get lost and end up late. You should never be late for an interview.
When you arrive for your interview:
- Silence your phone and tablet, you don’t want it singing while you’re trying to impress the interviewer(s).
- If possible, find a bathroom before you walk in or check your appearance in a store/building window.
- Be nice to everyone when you walk in. That means being polite to security, receptionist…
- Shake the interviewer’s hand firmly and look them in the eye when you talk to them.
- Sit up straight during the interview and make eye contact.
- Show your personality but don’t be over-the-top.
- After the interview, send a thank you email and a handwritten note.
- Contact your Metro Staffing Recruiter after the interview and let us know how it went!
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