Here are five things you need to remember before going to the interview:
Review what you have sent so far. Check the resume and cover letter you sent in for the position. Ensure you know what the interviewer is looking for. Make a list of what you want to discuss based on your cover letter and resume. Perhaps you may want to make several copies of the same resume to bring during an in-person meeting.
Compare the job description to your resume. Look at what the company is really looking for. Once you’ve reviewed the job description, compare it to how you actually fit the job. Perhaps you can state some examples to help you highlight your background and skills. To help, practice explaining your strengths and skills out loud in front of the mirror. This will help you avoid stuttering and makes you feel more confident as the words flow out of your mouth.
Know the company’s background. Before going to the interview, it’s a must to research the company, particularly the latest news and events. You can use LinkedIn, the corporate website, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest to read company updates. Focus on those items that may impact your targeted role. If there is too much information, make a list of important events to help you organize the info in a useful way.
Create questions from your research. Believe it or not, most people are hired based on what they ask more than what they answer. This is because asking questions displays how much you have researched in order to have a deeper understanding. This shows your interest and how much you want the job. However, be careful not to ask questions that can easily be answered just by looking at their company profile.
Know your weak spots. Practice the messy stuff by reviewing your resume to determine any areas of uncertainty. This will help you avoid rambling during the interview, giving you a more professional image.
Don’t skip preparing for the interview, especially if you want to get hired quickly. The effort you put in pays off when you get an offer.