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Preparing for an Interview

Preparing for an Interview

“We’d like you to come in for an interview.” These are both the most exciting (next to “You’ve got the job!”) and most terrifying words you can hear during the job search process. Getting the interview is a critical step in the job hunt, but performing well    Fashion History     during the interview is THE most important thing you need to accomplish in order to get the position.

The key to a good interview is preparation. Ask anyone who has acted, given a sales presentation or presented to an audience and they’ll tell you that you win or lose the moment during the preparation phase.

Preparing for an interview involves four activities;

Research

Learning what to expect

Practice

Logistics

Being prepared for an interview will help to build your confidence and make you comfortable. These in turn will help you relax and this is when your performance will improve.

Research

Knowing as much as you can about the company you’re interviewing with, the interviewer and the interview process is critical to success during the interview. Research and asking questions prior to the interview will help you prepare properly.

The research you should do is similar to the research you did to find the company in the first place, but should be more detailed and focused on activities specific to the job you’re interviewing for and the people you’ll be meeting with. Research tools you can use to gather this information include;

General Search Engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc… )

Social Media (Facebook LinkedIn, Twitter)

Industry Associations

Better Business Bureau

Chamber of Commerce

Data.com (Contact Information)

EDGAR (Financials)

The information you obtain from your research can be used to;

Help you develop talking points

Prepare you to frame your answers to the interviewer’s questions in terms relevant to the company’s activities, objectives and initiatives,

Know some details about the interviewer

Develop the questions you will ask during the interview.

Asking questions prior to the interview will eliminate any surprises and help you to prepare for each aspect of the interview. Information you need to collect includes;

Who you will be meeting with, their title and what their role in the interview process and the job you are interviewing for is.

The schedule for the interview and if there will be any breaks (in the case of multiple interviews during the process.)

Who will act as your sponsor to ensure the interview process proceeds as scheduled

Any logistical items you need to be aware of (i.e., parking, sign-in and security procedures, what the company dress code is (more on this later) and what they are expecting you to bring to the interview.

What to Expect

In addition to knowing as much as you can about the company, the interviewer(s) and the logistics, you should be prepared to answer the questions you’ll be asked. It’s not possible to know every question and the appropriate answer, but most interviewers ask a standard set to questions common to the specific position you’re applying for. Knowing the subject matter is obvious and you probably wouldn’t have gotten the interview unless you were qualified in this area. Knowing the type of questions the interviewer will ask in order to learn more about you is something you can prepare for. This will build your confidence and help you to relax during the interview and when you’re relaxed you perform better. There are generally three types of questions you can expect:

 

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