You identified the perfect role at the perfect company, you got your resume in order and got yourself an interview. Now what! You can’t just show up and hope for the best. Interview prep is vital to making sure you finish the process and get the job. Here is our prep list on how to nail the interview. It isn’t just showing up to the interview to tell them about what you have done and how great you are for the job. Like anything, a little prep goes a long way.
Basic Interview Prep
Research, research research! Coming prepared shows them that you are serious about the job and how you approach work.
Look up the company, core values, mission, products, products specific to your role, news (recent) about the company
The background and experience of everyone you with whom you will be interviewing
Job description and any details about the group you are interviewing
Make sure your LinkedIn profile matches up to your resume
You want to be talking through things, not having to justify inconsistencies
Check your social media profiles! The hiring team will! The person you portray in the interview may not be the same person that goes out on Saturday night. Some companies are comfortable with it, and some may rule you out for those crazy photos and captions, but you don’t know until it is too late. Best to make sure your accounts are private.
Interview Prep Logistics
Try to make sure you get a calendar invite to assure you know the time, location and people expected to be there
Agree on the time and mode of communication (direct call, conf line, video chat, etc)
Make sure your phone is charged
Find a QUIET location with good reception and good headphones.
Mentally, it is good to dress up like it is in person, it helps put you in the right frame of mind to take it seriously.
The speaker in your car is not a good choice
Placing the caller on speaker, also not a good idea
A bad connection gives the entire call a bad feeling, regardless of what is actually said on the call or what your resume says.
Project a positive attitude, smiling helps, 70% of communications are non-verbal which can be picked up over the phone.
These are becoming the norm now, remember that it is a combination of the phone and in-person rules
Find a quiet spot
Ensure you have a good connection
Let everyone in your house or those that may interrupt you what you are doing and that you need this time undisturbed
Confirm that you have the necessary software and hardware installed and working way before, not 1 minute before it starts!
Dress properly, from head to toe, if you stand up for any reason (most likely not on purpose) you don’t want to scare anyone
Project a positive attitude, smile, remember 70% of communications are non-verbal. They matter even more on video!
Make sure you confirm the address, companies can be spread across multiple buildings in the same city
Find out the office dress code and expected attire for an interview (just ask!)
Check the location and directions well before you need to leave
Plan to arrive early (15-20 mins), anything can and will happen: traffic, parking, security, etc.
After the call or interview, send an email to everyone you spoke with thanking them for the opportunity and expressing your sincere interest in the role
Interview Prep Questions
The big day is here, you’ve done all of your homework. What to expect in the actual interview!