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How Do You Prepare for a Job Interview?

Updated on April 15, 2018
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Four Things to Do Before the Interview

  1. Before you go to the interview, make sure you know about the business. Learn its history and think about how you could be an asset to their specific need. Being well-informed shows that you are very invested in helping them grow.
  2. Be familiar with questions that a prospective employer may ask, so that way you may have well-thought out responses.
  3. Plan appropriate attire. If you have heard the expression, "dress for the job you want;" there is truth. It is a good idea to try to dress equal to the person who is interviewing you, this way they will see you as an equal. It is a good idea to be familiar with the dress of the company before you go.
  4. Be prepared with extra resumes, license, etc. and other items that may be needed. Showing that you are prepared, shows them you have responsibility.

Once you enter, show confidence, keep eye contact, and give a respectful handshake. Afterwards, make sure to follow up with a note in the mail, email, or call to show you are still interested.

What Do You Bring to a Job Interview?

Before you walk into a job interview, it is important that you are prepared. You want to first and foremost look professional, this may include a suit, a briefcase, etc. You also want to make sure you bring:

  • extra copies of resume if it applies.
  • a pen and notepad to show you are eager to hear what they have to say.
  • references in case they ask.
  • questions prepared to ask, so they know you are serious.
  • license or id, in case you are hired on the spot.

What Are Common Job Interview Questions?

Answering questions from an interviewer is one of the hardest parts of a job interview. Therefore, it is important to prepare before hand. Careercc.com was one of the most helpful sites for my research and they gave many great examples of possible interview questions. Here are several that they listed with some tips on how to answer them.

Tell Me About Yourself?

Try to hold your answer to no longer than two minutes.

Briefly explain to them your home-life. Choose details that might make you more relatable. If an interviewer has pictures of their kids, mention that you are a mom or dad. If they have pictures of them at parties, talk about how important friends are to you. If they feel they can relate with you outside of work, they are more apt to envision you working with them.

Then go onto talk briefly about your business background.

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What Do You Know About Your Company?

Check the company's website, ask friends that have knowledge about the business, or even call and ask the receptionist questions you have about the company before the interview. They want to know that you are interested in the business. If you go in without any previous knowledge, they might not take you seriously for the job.

What Do You Believe Is the Most Difficult Part of Being a Supervisor of People?

Make sure to put a positive spin on your answer, tell them how you deal with the difficult portions, not just what the difficult part is. Show them that although you find it hard to handle, you can handle it with grace and style.

Why Are You Looking for a New Career?

Be careful not to put down your previous employers in this section. If it is because you are unhappy with your previous employment, tell them what you are looking for. For instance, instead of, "My last job had a lot of drama, nasty boss, and I wanted out of there," answer, "I would like a job where I can build good relationships in a productive environment."

How Would Your Colleagues Describe You?

Again be honest, they may just ask them themselves. Although make sure you use upbeat words to describe yourself: conscientious, hardworking, detail-oriented, team-player, etc.

How Would Your Boss Describe You?

Same as above.

No matter where you are interviewing, be as professional as possible.
No matter where you are interviewing, be as professional as possible. | Source

What Do You Think of Your Present/Past Boss?

Be wary of talking negative about them. Make sure to point out some positive aspects about them, for instance, maybe they are verbally abusive to staff, but you can say, "They were very good talking with clients."

How much do you expect if we offer you this position?

Know what to expect and be willing to flexible within a reasonable range.

Why Do You Want To Work for Us?

Know the business before hand. Like above, make sure to check out their website. The receptionist at a job is a good way to learn a lot about a company. Call her before hand.

What Other Positions Are You Considering?

Know what other positions the business has a need for, or show them that you want to move up in the company. You may not be qualified today for upper management, but in a few years with more experience you might just be.

What Position Do You Expect to Have in 2 to 5 Years?

Aim for a higher position, so they know you are motivated.

If You Took the Job What Would You Accomplish the First Year?

This is why it is key to understand the business itself and the position you are applying for.

Interview Question Tips: What to Ask Your Prospective Employer

Asking questions shows that you are interested in the business, position, and becoming employed. Often times the hardest part is knowing what to ask. Some of the best questions is to ask about the company itself or the position. www.careercc.com gave some really great suggestions, here are a few of theirs:

  1. Why is this position open? and if they answer the person was let go, a follow up question could be: What would you like done differently by the next person who fills this position?
  2. What are some of the objectives you would like to see accomplished in this job?
  3. What are some of the long term objectives you would like to see completed?
  4. What advancement opportunities are available for the person who is successful in this position, and within what time frame?

What Is Illegal to Ask in a Job Interview?

To truly protect yourself, if you have any concerns, I would strongly recommend talking to a lawyer that is versed in employment. As a rough guide, it is illegal to discuss any of the following topics:

  • Age.
  • Race, ethnicity, color, nationality, birth place, etc.
  • Gender or sex.
  • Religion.
  • Disability.
  • Marital status, familial status, or pregnancy.

© 2013 Angela Michelle Schultz

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      Kenneth Avery 4 years ago

      Dear Angela . . .

      You are very welcome. I meant ever word for you are that good and talented.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the sweet compliment. :)

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      Kenneth Avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, angela_michelle,

      I loved this piece of fantastic writing. And the topic, presentation and graphics were superb. In my humble opinion, this is a MUST-READ for everyone seeking a job.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Great tips for those who are interviewing for an important job. With today's job market being so open and vast, you can never overprepare. You have some really great answers here for those tough questions and ones that will help get your foot in the door.

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