Interview Prep Strategies

Research

Familiarize yourself with the company and the position. Doing your research lets you know what values the organization has, the ability for promotion, and also gives you an idea about what type of work you might be doing in this position.

Practice

Your self-introduction, common interview questions, and using the STAR method. You can practice this in the mirror every morning after you hop out of the shower, to your friends, family, that potted plant. Practicing when you’re not nervous will help you when the nerves hit during the interview.

Prepare

Your resume, supporting documents, and your professional attire. You don’t want to have the perfect interview outfit picked out only to have to do some last-minute ironing before you leave. Be sure to check that everything is prepared, so the only thing you have to worry about is the interview.

Double-Check

You know the exact location, day, and time of the interview. This is so important. You don’t want to accidentally miss the interview just because the time or place was updated. Be sure to check and confirm the location, day, and time.

Power Pose

Sit or stand in a power pose for two minutes to boost your confidence. Whether it’s to some Ariana Grande or Beyoncé, pick out a pose that works for you, and feel the awesomeness flow in!

Show Up

15-20 minutes early, or more if you’re unfamiliar with the location. Whether there’s an issue with parking or Siri got you lost, giving yourself a 15-20 minute window will help relieve any traffic-induced anxiety before the interview.

Bring Your Documents

Always take along a copy of your résumé, cover letter, portfolio, or any other documents for each interviewer. Even though most interviewers will have a copy of your documents, this shows you’re prepared and detail-oriented.

Be Descriptive

Examples of skills/experience, not one-worded answers. What sounds better, “I’m detail-oriented”,  or “I have demonstrated my attention to detail by organizing and collaborating with different departments in order to ensure accuracy and relevancy in our annual report.” This is where you want to show how qualified you are for a position. Not tell.

Answer Questions

Use the STAR method to tell a relevant story that shows your skills. Think of the situation, the task, the action, and the result.

Ask Questions

Inquire about the position and organization that shows you’ve done the research. We’ve all been there, that moment where the interview has ended, our adrenaline is finally dropping, we feel like we’ve survived and then they ask, “Do you have any questions for us?”, and our minds go blank. Take the time to prepare some questions before the interview, even if it’s something as simple as “When should I expect to hear back?”, or something a little more complex. Asking questions shows that you’re invested in the interview, and can add that extra oomph between you and the other candidates.