Now that you are ready to become an ethical leader in the workplace, you must first ace the job interview before you set off on your successful career path. Many can attest to the fact that the interviewing process can be stressful, intimidating and even a bit confusing. However, with preparation and anticipation, you can avoid the perspiration. How can you prepare before the big day? Below are a few tips and tricks to review before your next job interview.
First, it is important to do your research on the organization or firm that will be interviewing you. Understand the company’s history, strengths, competitors and what sets it apart, just to name a few. This step is crucial as it will prepare you for the many different questions you may be asked and will help you familiarize yourself with the company.
To anticipate questions you may be asked, there are a few things you can do. Be sure to put yourself in interviewer’s position and ask yourself, “To fill this role, what might they want to know about me?” This may be an opportunity to recall many of your successes or achievements you would like to highlight. Additionally, be sure to research commonly used interview questions online. There is no guarantee these questions will be asked during your interview, but it can help get you into the mind of an interviewer.
Remember, being punctual is key! Being “on time” does not mean arriving at the exact time of your scheduled interview, it means arriving between five and 10 minutes early. This allows enough time for the receptionist to alert your interviewer and have you fill out necessary forms, if applicable.
Understand that the interview process can be challenging. If you remain calm, do your research, prepare and arrive on time, you’ll be better equipped to put your best foot forward. The world is waiting to see what you can do, so go with gusto!
-Dina Barabash, NASBA Content Development & Web Specialist