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You’ve worked hard to land your interview. Through countless hours writing and updating your resume, maintaining your LinkedIn profile and scouring the internet for job opportunities, you realize what a big endeavor it is to find a new job. So now is not the time to relax—it’s important to take steps to prepare to dazzle during your upcoming interview!

Five things to do before your interview

The last thing you want is to get caught off-guard during your interview. With a little preparation and research, you’ll be ready to go—cool, confident and capable of doing your best. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Review the entire job description. You undoubtedly did this before you applied, but it can’t hurt to brush up prior to your interview. Then, be ready to answer the most common interview question, “So, tell me about yourself,” with information about your skills and experience that lines up with job requirements.
  2. Know answers to common interview questions. In addition to the above question, it’s a no-brainer to come armed with answers to the most frequently asked interview questions. You can easily find a list of these—and the best answers—with a simple Google search.
  3. Read about the company. Visit their website, look for news headlines and check out their social media posts. Find out what they’re all about—mission, vision, recent accomplishments, possible pain points, etc. This can help you determine what questions you’ll ask during the interview and helps you present yourself as an educated person who’s invested in the job prospect.
  4. Prepare 3-5 good questions for your interviewer. Always plan to ask questions. It’s never a good idea to end an interview saying there’s nothing else you’d like to know. Ask questions that show your interest, but will also help you decide if the job is right for you. Consider any of the following:
    • What would you say are the most important qualities I need to be good at this role?
    • How would you describe the company culture?
    • What are the biggest challenges facing this company/department right now? What are the biggest opportunities?
    • What’s your favorite part of working here?
    • What is the career path for someone in this job?
    • Why did the previous person leave?
  5. Get your “look” down pat. You’ll want to have a clean, pressed outfit that is professional and fitting for the role to which you’ve applied. A business suit is a top choice, but you might also choose dress pants and a dress shirt, or a skirt and blouse for women. Be sure your shoes are clean and polished, your hairdo is simple and clean (you might consider getting a fresh haircut), and jewelry and fragrance are to a minimum.

Are you ready?

The time and preparation you put into getting ready for an interview is worth it—you’ll either land the job or be “tuned up” and ready to attack your next interview.

Looking for a new job?

Once you’ve got your interview skills ready, contact McGrath Systems for job opportunities. We work with candidates for positions in administration, human resources, light industrial, IT and engineering. To learn more, visit our job search page or contact us today!

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