In today’s post I cover the final three suggestions from Hayley Stovoid’s jobulo article: “10 Tried and True Ways to Prepare for a Job Interview.” I’ll start with number eight as the first seven suggestions were covered in my two previous posts.
8. “Prepare questions of your own.” In almost every interview, the employer will give you an opportunity to ask questions. Your questions will demonstrate how well you’ve done your research and how serious you are about the position and the organization. The tips in my book can help you think about the kinds of questions you should prepare. See specifically Tip 42. Learn how to interview, Tip 46. Know when to ask about salary and benefits, and Appendix A: Formulating questions for the information interview (many of which are also applicable for the job interview).
9. “Practice answering interview questions.” If you’re still in school, your career center will probably offer a mock interview service, which you can use to build up your confidence. In addition, you need to think about some of the most common interview questions and prepare anecdotes from your own experience that can provide memorable answers demonstrating your skills and strengths. Again, there are several sections of my book that can help you get ready: Tip 43. Prepare for telephone interviews, Tip 45. Prepare for difficult questions, and Appendix K: Typical interview questions.
10. “Know your career plan.” When you’re in a job interview, it’s quite common for the interviewer to ask you where you want to be in five or ten years. You should be able to describe what you would hope to have accomplished by that time and explain how the job for which you’re interviewing will help you get there. Don’t wander off and say that in five years you hope to be married and have at least one child or that you hope to start graduate school in a few years. They’re looking for an answer that demonstrates an interest in a career with their organization and an awareness of the structure and opportunities of that organization.
Stovoid’s article provided a lot of great reminders and suggestions, and she quotes various employers’ anecdotes and comments about the various recommendations. It’s definitely worth your time to read this jobulo article, and I’ll be looking through their archives seeking other articles to bring to your attention in future posts.