Preparing for your interview might seem like a daunting task, especially if you are a specialist in your area. However, you should remember that each company is different and this might be your only chance to set yourself apart and make a lasting impression on your future employer. That is why we have created a list of 10 Top Tips for interview preparation that you can use to your advantage.
- Research the company
Go through the company’s website and LinkedIn page. Give special attention to the “About us” section, the size of the company and where it is based.
- Get in touch with people who work there
Find people in similar positions to the one that you are interviewing for and reach out to them. A lot of people will be happy to share their experience and help you learn more about the position itself.
- Think of questions to ask at the interview
Take a mental note of any questions about the company/position/project that arise during your research. By asking those at the interview, you will show that you are prepared and genuinely interested in working for them.
- Go carefully through your resume and cover letter
Those are the 2 documents that employers will use as a reference at the interview and many of their questions can arise from them. Try to look at them through their eyes and prepare answers to the questions that may arise.
- Prepare explanations for gaps in your experience
Long gaps in your professional experience often raise questions in employers. Explaining your situation at the time while focusing on the positive is the way to go.
- Think of similar jobs or projects that you have done in the past
This will not only help you prepare relevant examples of your work that you can use at the interview, but will also help you prioritise the work experience that you should mention.
- Prepare for common interview questions
Questions like “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” or “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” are asked at almost every interview, so you can avoid the stress and think of your answer in advance.
- Carefully examine the job description again
Try to figure our what are the key requirements and tools for the job and research any of those that you are not sure about.
- Think about your main “selling points”
Think about 3 to 5 qualities and skills that make you the best candidate for the position. Have an example of each selling point, so you can illustrate your claims.
- Stay calm and remember to smile
If you are calm and positive at the interview you will both make a better impression and will have the ability to perform your best, so try to compose yourself and remember to breathe.