Prepping for a job interview can be intimidating. There are so many unknown factors – How many people will you be meeting with? What will they ask you? Are you as qualified as the other candidates? Although you can never be completely sure how it will go, there are ways to prepare, making the interview phase of your job search that much easier.
The first thing you should do is research the interviewer, the company and its competitors. This will arm you with plenty of information, ensuring you’re knowledgeable enough to ask questions and participate in a discussion about the employer, the organization’s needs and what you can do for them.
“It’s important that you’re able to talk about the company and things like industry trends, so you can show the interviewer that you did your research,” says Jodi Boisjolie-Rosen, corporate manager of career services for Globe Education Network. “That way, the employer knows you’re specifically interested in working for their organization, and you’re not just sending your resume out to the masses.”
Boisjolie-Rosen recommends using the company’s website and Glassdoor.com, where you can find information about positions, salary and advice from employees or others who have interviewed there. LinkedIn can also be a great tool to find out more about the organization or an employee’s background.
Once you’ve done your research, conduct a mock interview with a friend, relative or on-campus career services representative. They’ll be able to give you feedback on your interviewing skills.
“We also recommend videotaping yourself so that you can see your mannerisms and body language,” says Boisjolie-Rosen. “Or practice out loud in front of the mirror. Sometimes you don’t realize that the responses you form in your head look or sound different when you actually do it out loud.”
Before heading to the interview, be sure you’re prepared for anything that might be requested of you.
“You should bring copies of your resume on professional resume paper, a pen and paper to take notes, a list of your references and any documents that back up your skillset, such as a letter of recommendation,” says Boisjolie-Rosen.
She suggests bringing along a “cheat sheet” with information on your past education and employment including addresses, phone numbers and dates, in case you’re asked to fill out an application. Boisjolie-Rosen also stresses to always prepare a few questions of your own to ask the interviewer.
Don’t forget that what you do after the interview can make an impression, too.
“Always follow up within 24 to 48 hours after the interview,” Boisjolie-Rosen says. “You can do this with a phone call, letter, email or thank-you card, if you have nice handwriting.”
Boisjolie-Rosen suggests collecting business cards from those you interviewed with so that you have the correct spelling of their names and proper contact information. If you interviewed with multiple people, be sure to send a personalized thank-you note to each one.
Take the time to properly get ready for an interview by researching, practicing and preparing, and you’ll have the tools and confidence needed to land the job! To learn more about Globe University and career support services visit www.globeuniversity.edu/about-us/career-services.