So, you set up an interview for the job you want. Congratulations!
Your next step is to prepare for the interview. This takes some time and planning.
The more prepared you are for your interview, the more likely you are to advance in the hiring process. If you’re unsure where to start, the following tips can help.
Print Copies of Your Resume
Have at least five copies of your resume ready to hand to the interviewers. You may be meeting with a panel, and you need a copy of your resume to reference during the discussion.
Prepare Your Portfolio
Have examples of your past work ready to share with the interviewers. This may include articles, photographs, graphic designs, or successful marketing campaigns you created.
List Your Accomplishments
Write down the most impressive projects you completed or problems you solved that relate to the job. Include details of how your accomplishments can contribute to your success in the new role.
Research the Company
Learn all you can about the company’s products or services, ownership, customer demographics, and main competitors. Include the latest business developments and key initiatives to discuss during your interview.
Answer Common Interview Questions
Write down the main points you want to cover when answering interview questions. Include how your skills, experience, and biggest accomplishments make you well-qualified for the role.
Prepare Questions for the Interviewers
Asking questions shows you want to ensure that the company and the position are a good fit for you. You may want to find out what a typical day in the role looks like or what the biggest challenges are.
Arrange a Mock Interview
Ask a family member or friend to serve as the interviewer. Have them provide constructive feedback to improve your performance.
Your interview attire should be in line with the company dress code and job duties. In general, casual attire includes dark jeans, slacks, long skirts or dresses, button-down shirts or sweaters, and closed-toe shoes. Business casual attire includes dark slacks or long skirts, button-down tops, blazers, and neat shoes. Formal attire includes dark suits with slacks or long skirts, tailored dresses, a tie with suits, and dressy shoes.
Give yourself enough time to arrive 10-20 minutes early for your interview. Be sure to include the commute time, traffic density, parking, check-in, and other details to determine when you need to leave to arrive before your interview. You may want to practice getting to the location so you know where it is.
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