You know the things you should do to prepare for an interview, but do you actually do them? Knowledge is power. Mental preparation can equate to peace of mind once you are under stress during the interview.
Here are some tips from the pros:
*Position / Title
Review the position and title and request a copy of the most recent job description if it wasn’t part of the application process. Be prepared to speak to the items that you have experience in and prepare responses for those you don’t yet have. Can you highlight life experiences if you lack experience in a specific area? Be prepared to communicate how your personal strengths and weaknesses relate to the position you are applying for.
*Company / Organization
Visit the company/organization’s website. Familiarize yourself with all aspects of the organization’s mission, programs, and key personnel. If applicable, research the products and the organization’s financials.
If your target is a non-profit, look at the most recent form 990, the non-profit tax return, which has important information about personnel, donors, and mission. Review articles about the organization in the local press, especially business journals.
*Interviewer(s) / Panelists
If possible, request the first/last names of the people that will be in your interview. Google each person and learn what is available about their background, education, interests, etc. Check out their LinkedIn profile. Chances are your interviewers will explore your social media, so check them out as well!
If the salary range is not posted, inquire about it with your Human Resources contact. Google standard salary ranges for the position in your part of the country. Don’t bring this up in the interview, but wait for the hiring manager or HR person to discuss this with you.
*List of Questions
Create your own interview questions. Focus on organizational culture. If appropriate, ask about on-site and remote work expectations. Bear in mind, you may be asked some of the same questions.
*And don’t forget to:
Take several forms of identification to your interview;
Have extra copies of your resume;
Prepare a list of personal references;
Take pen and paper;
Have a portfolio, or folder, for your items
Practicing clear and focused responses that tie your personal work and life experiences to the position will help you make a powerful impression during the actual interview.
Taking command and preparing for the interview will maximize the interview opportunity. Now go out there and do your homework!