Preparing for an Interview

Interviews can be daunting. As you ‘re graduating college, or even just moving on to bigger and better things throughout your career, you will be faced with countless interviews at many different companies. These can be extremely stressful, but fret no more! The below list will help de-stress any interview process you may be soon nearing, and hopefully will land you that dream job you’re looking to grab.

Step 1: Understand Each and Every Piece of the Job Description

Understanding the job description forwards and backwards can be a much larger help than one might think. In knowing what a company is truly looking for in their ideal candidate, you open yourself up to getting asked the right questions during your interview. As a quick example, if Company XYZ is looking for someone who can step into and evaluate VBA within excel, and you have no idea what any of that even remotely means, they could write off your interview very early on and start asking irrelevant questions that have no relevance to the job opening. Whereas if you explain that you don’t have too much experience within that area but you know of it and are willing to learn it before/as you start the position, your interview could continue moving in the right direction. Also, knowing the ins-and-outs of the position allow you to have less anxiety over the questions a company may ask!

Step 2: Research The Company

Step 2 essentially goes hand in hand with Step 1. By knowing more than just the general detail of the company you are interviewing with, you allow yourself to understand job descriptions better, understand general nonsense the interviewer may be spouting out about the company, and will even be able to ask better questions when the interview is coming to a close. Not to mention, the latter of those three options is one of few things that can really make you stand out as a potential candidate. Showing that willingness/excitement about the company before you even start could push a second or third string candidate up to the top of the list! All of this, once again, may lead to less anxiousness throughout the entire interview as well, since you wont be focused on hoping that one specific question may not be asked.

Step 3: Practice Potential Interview Questions

This step may seem unnecessary and unbearably repetitive for some of you out there about to interview, but it could make all the difference for those of you that have severe anxiety before interviews. By practicing the answers to potential questions (check out these potential interview questions, they’re some really great ones to practice!), or even doing a full mock interview with a friend, you begin eliminating any doubts associated with your answers from your mind. This will also give your answers a bit of confidence, which also typically plays very well in interviews.

Step 4: Prepare Questions for Interviewer

This is one of those areas that never ceases to impress the interviewer if done properly. If you have a few solid questions that dive beyond the typical pay scale, work hours, or other generic types of questions you WILL stick out to your interviewer. I have tried to do some background research that digs beneath the surface for most of my interviews, such as the charitable contributions or what types of software they’re using within the company. That, of course, can also lead to other questions from the interviewer that can showcase your skills even more!

Step 5: Print Copies of Your Resume & Get Ready to Kill It!

This step varies, but you always want to make sure you will have enough resumes to go around a room for a potential group interview. I have never witnessed more than six people in a room interviewing at once, but that is not to say you only ever need six resumes. Also, your resume should always be up to date and as honest as possible. If you do not posses a skill then absolutely DO NOT put that you have that skill. That can be a complete interview killer and completely mar any of your other skills. You will be better off leaving that one specific skill a company may be looking for off the resume and just explaining your willingness to learn it rather than saying you know how to do it and getting completely embarrassed when they prove that you don’t actually know how.

By following these five steps above, you should be well on your way to landing that job you’re interviewing for! I’d love to see all of your other tips and tricks for interviews, so be sure to leave those in the comments section below. Thanks again for the read, and be sure to check out the rest of my content here.

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