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5 Things You Should Do to Prepare for an Interview

Acing an interview isn’t just about showing up with a winning smile. While your actual interview may only last an hour, preparation can make or break its success.

How to Prepare for Your Interview

  1. List your three best and three “worst” qualities. Employers ask this question probably more frequently than any other. Make sure your strengths relate to your ability to do a job well. Your “worst” qualities should actually be strengths disguised as weaknesses. For instance, “Sometimes I get too involved in my work” may sound like a weakness, but it shows the employer that you would be invested in the position.
  2. Research the organization. At some point during the interview, the hiring manager will ask why you’re interested in the position. This is your time to demonstrate your knowledge of the company. Before the interview, look over the company website, particularly any page that references the company’s mission, values and history. Spout this information back to the employer with enthusiasm.
  3. Create a list of follow up questions. Always prepare a list of questions ahead of time. Depending on the position and the style of the company, it may be appropriate to ask about salary and benefits. However, safer topics are related to the ins and outs of the company, and asking for clarification about certain job duties.
  4. Dress appropriately. In general, it is standard to dress in business casual, but the style varies depending on the organization. Make sure whatever you choose fits well, even if it means forgoing your most formal outfit. If you feel uncomfortable, this unease will likely be visible to the employer. Avoid the following:
  • jeans
  • open-toed shoes
  • excessive jewelry
  • anything wrinkled or stained
  • graphic t-shirts
  1. Bring copies of your resume and a copy of the job description. The hiring manager will likely have a copy of your resume, but bringing extras ensures that others who may be sitting in on the interview also have copies in front of them. Extras can also act as a handy cheat sheet. Likewise, bringing a copy of the job description can help you reference particulars on the spot.

When you prepare for your interview ahead of time, you are more relaxed and informed during the actual meeting.

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