Preparation for the job interview

Preparation for the job interview

A great number of job applicants fail on the interview due to the reason that hey go to the interview without any preparation and that makes a bad impression in the eyes of the employer who is doing the interview. If you do not want to be like these kind of people you must take some time to prepare yourself.

The preparation for the job interview includes three stages:

  1. Collecting information for employers

Before you meet with a representative of the company employer, learn some things about the company. Collect any information you may find, for example:

  • Company website
  • Employer
  • Forums and blogs
  • Press – articles in newspapers and magazines
  • Friends and acquaintances
  • Former and current employees in the company
  • Any other information channels

The information that you receive will be invaluable as it will give you insight into:

  • What products and services the company offers
  • What is its history, present and predictable future
  • With is the company reputation
  • Where does the company stand in the industry
  • Who are its most serious competitors
  • What are the main issues and challenges in the industry of the company

About sources of information for the employer, you can see the top 10 sources of information for the employer and search there before the interview.

  1. Collecting information on vacancy

Surely, you should already have some idea about the position you are applying for, otherwise you would not have submitted a resume and cover letter (Isn’t that right?)

However, in the job advertisements not everything is always written in cv and exhaustively detailed, it is important to prepare yourself and gain as much information as you can for this kind of position, and you should do that before you go to the interview, where your main job is to fight for this position.

The main channels for information about the position besides the ad are:

  • Specialized, industry publications
  • Friends and acquaintances
  • Former and current employees in the company you know or your friends and acquaintances know
  • Job descriptions that you can find on the Internet. Be careful with this channel – it may be useful, but if job descriptions are “ready” – you will not do much of a job.
  • Any other information channels

The information you receive will be invaluable as it will give you insight into:

  • What are the daily activities and tasks that are inherent to the job?
  • What are unconventional, unusual difficulties and challenges that you could face for this position?
  • What are the tasks of the respective department (unit), that you are going to work in and what are the main problems that it could be facing?
  • Who will be your boss?
  • Who your colleagues will be?

Many might not be able to gather some information for both the employer and the office if applying for a job in a small and unknown company or if there’s not much information in the Internet.

Do not despair if that is so! Even the little information that is available can be useful. But if you do not take the time to prepare – you will not have anything!

  1. Preparing for your personal presentation during the interview

This is the third stage of your preparation for the interview after the preparation of information for employers (1) and position (2).

In practice this means to consider carefully how to achieve your goals.

If your goal is to create quickly a positive impression, think about what can you talk about after you enter into the room for the interview.

If your goal is to get more information on the employer and the position, consider exactly what questions you could ask, when you can ask them and what the sequence will be.

If your goal is to hide some of your professional life to minimize the negative impressions that they might have on your presentation- decide exactly how to do this, and prepare your backup plan if you still have to give explanation (for example if you have to answer the question – why were you fired from the previous company?).

As you can see, that training is impossible without proper goal setting. Therefore, do not look at goal setting as something abstract or useless – your goals and preliminary preparation will help you in the conversation during the job interview.

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