Preparing for a Job Interview

It is completely natural to feel nervous before a job interview but you can minimize pre-
interview jitters with some preparation. Hopefully you have completed initial research
on the company you applied for before being called in for an interview but you are going
to need to do more. You will never know exactly what is going to be asked of you
(unless you have an inside source), but you can be ready for the questions by knowing
your stuff.

Look up the company website and study the history, about us page, and the products and
services that are offered. Even if you are pretty sure you are not going to be quizzed on
how the company came to be, it will give you insight into how the company operates and
their philosophy. By of these factors should influence how you answer your questions. If
it is obvious they place high value on team players, you should brainstorm situations
when you have displayed this trait.

If you are applying for a sales position, you can be prepared for any role playing
questions because you have taken the time to learn the company’s products and services.
It will be impressive to your interviewer that you have taken the time to research the
information. It shows a commitment to details and a true interest in the company.

Another way to prepare for an interview is to complete a practice run with a friend or
family member. Have them ask you questions and answer them as if you were already in
the interview, don’t break character during the role play either. There are many questions
that are asked in a typical interview (what are your strengths and weaknesses) don’t let
them come as a surprise to you – practice so you can answer with confidence.

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