If you’re about to head into your first interview, it can be pretty daunting. Preparing for an interview can be difficult, especially for beginners. Here’s what you can expect from a job interview, along with you some helpful ideas on the best way to prepare for it.
What to Expect
Let’s get the obvious stuff out of the way. You will most likely meet with one person, at their place of work to talk about getting a job. It’ll probably be you and the employer sitting down across from one another at their desk, or at a boardroom table.
Your interviewer may ask to see your resume. Depending on their hiring process, it’s never a guarantee they’ve seen it before. So always bring a copy of your resume with you. This is something beginners often forget. Make sure you bring it in something that prevents it from getting bent. If your interviewer asks to see your resume and you pull out a crumpled piece of paper, that’s all they’ll need to know about how much you want this position.
What Questions to Expect
Every interviewer is different and every interview will vary as far as the questions go. However, when you’re preparing for an interview there are a few common ones you can expect. Your interviewer will probably ask you to tell them a little bit about yourself. This is so they can get a sense of who you are. Give a brief description of where you went to high school and college, talk about your interests and how they led you to this position.
You’ll also be asked about a specific time in your past where you demonstrated a key ability. Most often, the ability they will ask about comes right from the job posting. Make sure to think of specific examples from work or school where you overcame an obstacle, had to deal with a difficult team member or found success. The more you can relate these to the job your interviewing for, the better.
Another very common question is where you see yourself in five years, or what your goals for the job are. When you are ready with an answer to this question it shows that you’ve thought about your future with the company.
How to Prepare for the Interview
Now that you know what to expect and what questions you might get, what else can you do to make sure you’re ready? The number one thing you can do is learn about the company! A demonstrated knowledge about the company shows you’re interested in not just the job, but this specific company as well. It can be as easy as checking out their website and following them on Facebook and Twitter.
When preparing for an interview you have to give yourself time. It may seem inconsequential compared with everything else you have to prepare, but have your outfit chosen and ready. Nothing is going to make you feel more nervous than running late. Have your resume printed and your clothes picked the night before. Make sure to give yourself lots of time to arrive.
Finally, make sure you have some questions for your interviewer. At the end of most interviews, you will be asked if you have any questions. If you don’t have one you give the impression that you uninterested. Having one or two questions will help you learn more about the position and prove that you’re interested in the job. A couple ideas for questions are “what does a typical day look like in this job” or “Why do you enjoy working for this company?
Prepared for the Interview
You’re all ready to go! Your resume and clothes ready. You’ve looked into the company your interviewing with and know all about them. You have answers to the questions they’re likely to ask, and you’ve even thought of some of your own. All that’s left is to ace this interview and get the job! Good Luck.