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Do You Know How To Prepare For an Interview?

Do You Know How To Prepare For an Interview?

A common oversight a lot of job seekers make when preparing for an interview is to get wrapped up in the finer details of the company and role.

In reality, remembering to see the big picture may be more effective in helping you get ahead. Knowing the CEO’s name, when the company was established and your top three strengths and weaknesses may show you did some homework, but a lot of the time these points won’t even be brought up during a 30 minute conversation.

In the end, the goal of the interview is to see whether you’d be a fit at the company and can not only perform the duties of the job, but perform them successfully.

That being said, it may be more important to prepare in a manner that allows you to shine and also proves to the interviewer that you’re not only interested, but will be fully invested in the company’s overall goals and success.

These three tips should allow you to go into an interview with a clear head that isn’t full of useless facts, but relevant topics of discussion that will lead to a mutually beneficial conversation.

Preparation Recommendations

1.) Write Out The Points You Want To Highlight (Yes, Physically)

You’ve worked hard to have a better career and a job interview is a more than an appropriate time to show off your accomplishments. While you may have typed up your resume (or had a professional lend a hand), there’s much more to you than what’s on a sheet of paper.

Sometimes, actually writing down your proudest achievements on paper will allow you to recall them naturally during an interview.

By reviewing these beforehand, you shouldn’t be stumbling for the right words to say.

2.) Familiarize Yourself With The Company (Beyond The “About Us”)

Sure, an interviewer may be impressed that you know the company’s tagline, but that’s something you could have Googled in the waiting room before being meeting face-to-face.

What’s more impressive is taking the time to read company press releases, or browsing through their social media to get a feel for the culture.

These are the things that actually take effort and will show your existing commitment to the team without having even received an offer (yet).

While it may only take 20 minutes to understand the company’s growth within the last year, there’s no doubt the interviewer will appreciate the effort.

3.) Prepare Questions You Actually Want To Know The Answer To

Canned questions realistically don’t serve a real purpose besides checking off the textbook requirement that you have questions prepared. In the end, they’re really just filler.

The question segment of an interview is your chance to get the information you really want to know and creates a sense that you’re actually taking the interview seriously.

Having an interviewer clarify a point he or she made earlier, or asking about the growth trajectory of the role are great jumping off points that will serve both parties.

At the end of the day, an interview is meant to help both you and the company achieve your goals. In 30 minutes, you can potentially create a better quality of life, so why not prepare for it?

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A graduate from Seton Hall University, Casey Haduch helps KAS Placement's clients integrate better staffing and executive search processes into their business model. Since being at KAS Placement, she has become a senior member of the team and has assisted countless job seekers in improving their career.

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