Don’t Forget to Do These Things Before Your Big Interview
So you’ve been job hunting for weeks and you finally landed an interview for a position you know you’d be great at — congratulations! However, the work is not over quite yet. If you want to dazzle hiring managers and ensure you’ll land the gig, you want to walk in knowing you have all your bases covered. These days, it’s about more than having enough copies of your resumé and wearing your best suit. If you want to stand out, you need to heed the following advice regarding preparations for your interview.
Check Your Online Reputation
There is a good chance that the managers you’re meeting will Google you before you ever step a foot into their office. What search results will pop up when you enter your name? Chances are it’s minimal — some social media profiles, maybe a news article from your days playing softball in your hometown. However, if you check your search results and find your online reputation is tainted by something scandalous, that can hurt your chances of landing your dream job. If you’ve been attacked with a hate website or scam, gather up the evidence you have showing that their attack is false. To get rid of the listing, you’ll need to find a skilled legal professional who works with an online analysis team to eliminate the information. Online analyzers can help your defense identify your attacker so you have the leverage you need to take any legal action to remove the material from the internet.
Practice Possible Q&A
Hiring managers have to talk to a lot of candidates before they find the right match. Because of this, they tend to stick to the same questions over and over again. This gives them a standard format on which they can compare each candidate. It also makes it easier for you to rehearse for your interview leading up to the big day.
To prepare, it might be useful to find some help online before your big day. For example, some common job interview questions to practice with include:
- How did you hear about the position?
- What do you know about the company?
- Why would you be the best fit for this job?
- What are your strengths? Weaknesses?
- Who is your hero?
- Have you ever had a conflict with a coworker that was successfully resolved?
- How have you overcome professional difficulties in your past?
- What type of work environment do you prefer?
- What’s a time you demonstrated leadership?
Have a friend or family member ask you these questions and answer them as best you can. Run the drill over and over again until you’re confident the answers you’ve concocted best illustrate your value as an employee. To keep you on your toes, have the person practicing with you throw in some unexpected questions they come up with on their own so you get some practice ad-libbing, which can be very helpful in an interview.
Write Down Your Queries
After your interviewers get to know you, they’ll open up the floor for you to ask any questions you have about the company and the position. Asking questions shows them that you will be an active employee who wants to leverage your curiosity into growth for the company. To make it easier on yourself, write down the questions you want to ask, leaving enough room after each one to write notes regarding their answers.
Questions you may want to ask include:
- Why did you join the company?
- How does this role further the company’s overall mission?
- What makes an employee successful here?
- What accomplishable tasks do you expect a new hire to make in the first few months?
- What are the opportunities for growth and advancement?
- What haven’t I asked that most candidates ask?
If you want to ace your interview, you can’t go in unprepared. Make sure your online reputation shows your possible employers only the best parts of you. Practice interview questions and answers with a partner so you don’t get tongue-tied. Finally, write down the questions you’ll want to ask the interviewers so you don’t draw a blank when the time comes.