How to Prepare for a Job Interview

Make a good impression at your interview by doing a little homework beforehand.

Research the Company and the Position
The more you know about the company and the job you are applying for, the better you will appear in the interview. An interviewer will be impressed by your interest and motivation, and you will be able to explain what you can do for the company.

Find out as much key information as you can about the company, its products and its customers. Go online and visit the company’s web site. Visit to read reviews. There may be other sources of information on the Web, especially if the company is publicly traded. Use a search engine to look for the company name such as Google My Business, Yelp, YextFirstHand, Foursquare, or Bing Places for company information. Read all the related information you can find. If possible, talk to people who work at the company. Become familiar with the top executives, the company mission statement, markets, operations and offices. Know the products or services the firm provides and know the competition. During the interview, interject what you know when the opportunity arises. Showing that you have researched the company will definitely count in your favor.

Search for the following:

  • Office locations
  • Products and services
  • Customers
  • Competitors
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Recent news
  • Financial info, including salary and stock

Prepare for the Actual Interview

  • Practice your answers to Common Questions. Likewise, prepare a list of questions to ask the employer. Most interviews follow this pattern: First, you answer questions about your experience and qualifications, then you ask questions about the job.
  • Rehearse your interview with a friend. You should be able to convey all pertinent information about yourself in 15 minutes. Tape yourself to check your diction, speed, and body language.
  • Prepare your interview materials before you leave. Bring several copies of your resume, a list of references, and, if appropriate, any work samples. Make sure they are all up-to-date.
  • Dress professionally and comfortably. You will be judged in some respects by what you wear. When in doubt, dress conservatively.

For women:

  • A straight-forward business suit is best.
  • Wear sensible pumps.
  • Be moderate with make-up and perfume.
  • Wear simple jewelry.
  • Hair and fingernails should be well-groomed.

For men:

  • A clean, ironed shirt and conservative tie are a must.
  • A simple jacket or business suit is a good idea as well.
  • Shoes should be polished.
  • Face should be clean-shaven; facial hair should be neatly trimmed.
  • Hair and fingernails should be well-groomed.
  • Use cologne or after-shave sparingly.

Bring pen and notepad to jot down any information you may need to remember (but don’t take notes during the interview).

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