Prepare for a successful job interview

Before the Interview 

Research the Company

Company research is a critical part of interview preparation. It will help you prepare to both answer interview questions about the company and to ask the interviewer questions about the company.

For a concise understanding of the company, check out the company website, specifically the “About Us” and “Careers” page.

Get a sense of how the company compares to other organizations in the same industry by reading articles about the company in websites.

You can also check out company reviews from clients and current or former employees on various websites (https://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm)

Analyse the Job

Go through the job description carefully.

Make a list of the skills, knowledge, and professional and personal qualities that are required by the employer and are critical for success in the job.

Make a Match

Once you have created a list of the qualifications for the job, make a list of your assets and match them to the job requirements.

Create a list of up to 5 of your assets that match the requirements of the job. These might include skills, qualities, certifications, experiences, professional qualifications, abilities, computer skills, and knowledge bases.

Also, think of examples from past work experiences that show you have these qualities. This way, if the interviewer asks you to describe a time when you demonstrated a particular skill or ability, you will be ready.

During the Interview

What to Bring to a Job Interview

It’s important to know what to bring (and what not to bring) to a job interview.

Items to bring include a portfolio with extra copies of your resume, a list of references, a list of questions to ask the interviewer, and something to write with.

It’s also important to know what not to bring, including your cell phone (or at least turn your phone off), a cup of coffee, gum, or anything else beyond yourself and your credentials.

Practice Interview Etiquette

Remember to greet the receptionist, your interviewer, and everyone else you meet politely, pleasantly, and enthusiastically.

During the interview, watch your body language.

Shake hands firmly and smile!

Make eye contact as you articulate your points. Pay attention, be attentive, and look interested. This is something you can work on in your practice interviews.

The more positive an impression you make, the better you’ll do during the job interview.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression!

Listen

During a job interview, listening is just as important as answering questions.

It’s important to listen to the interviewer, to pay attention, to make sure you understood the questions or ask for clarifications if needed.

Feel free to take time, if you need it, to compose an appropriate answer.

Remember: Avoid talking about salary or benefits just yet.

Wait until you are in the final steps of the interview process to negotiate with the hiring manager or an HR representative.

Try to leave the room having a clear idea of how your interview went and whether this is a company you want to join or not.

After the interview

If not represented by a recruiter: Send a thank-you email stating that you are really interested in this opportunity

OR Inform your recruiter how the interview went and any concerns you may have

FYI…

Your recruiter can prepare you and give you information about the structure of the interview and the questions you will be asked.

Most companies will ask you to complete a technical assessment either at home or at their premises.

Try all of the answers you give to be related to this particular job you are interviewing for.

If you don’t know the answer to a technical question, be honest saying that you are not familiar with this technology but you were already planning to dig more into it since it is very interesting for you.

Want-to-learn attitude always wins!