You got the interview. Take a moment to celebrate…and then get down to business. As one of North Houston’s leading employment agencies, we know you have a lot of work to do if you want to make the best impression possible in your interview. Here are some essentials steps to take to help you in the process:
Step 1. Re-read the job description.
Your first step in preparing for a job interview should be to re-read the job description. If it’s been a couple weeks – or even just a couple days – since you last saw it, you probably don’t remember all the details. Or there could even be information you overlooked.
Now that you have an interview, though, it’s important to review it once again and look at it through the eyes of the hiring manager. Based on the information in it:
- What questions can you anticipate them asking?
- Also, what key points about your background and experience will be especially vital to highlight?
- Finally, what weaknesses or skills sets don’t you have that might come up during the interview?
Step 2. Research the company.
Once you have a handle on the specifics of the job, do your homework on the company. Read through their company website and especially the News or Blog sections. Also, look them up online in search of any relevant news articles with information that could prove helpful during your interview. You’re going to want to have a basic understanding of what they do and who they serve so you can answer questions more intelligently.
Step 3. Prepare a list of questions.
Speaking of questions, prepare a list of your own that can help you learn more about the job and company. Also, don’t forget to ask about what the culture is like so you can ensure it’s the right fit for your background and personality.
Step 4. Pick out professional attire ahead of time.
Don’t wait until the morning of the interview to put your outfit together. Instead, pick it out a few days ahead of time, so you can get it dry cleaned if needed. If it’s been a while since you’ve worn it, make sure it’s ironed and still fits you properly, too. For most professional job interviews, the gold standard in interview attire is still a suit in a neutral color, such as black or gray.
Step 5. Know where you’re going and what to do upon arrival.
Before the day of the interview, make sure you know where you’re going, how you’re going to get there and where to park. This will help ensure you don’t face any nerve-wracking situations, such as getting lost or having to park five blocks away. In addition, be sure to ask where you’re supposed to go once on-site.
By taking these few simple steps, you’ll be well ahead of the many candidates who don’t properly prepare for interviews. As a result, you can stand out to the hiring manager and make a more favorable impression.
Ready for professional job search help?
If you’re not getting interviews and aren’t sure why to call in the experts at Kingwood Personnel. As one of North Houston’s leading employment agencies, we can help you with all aspects of your search, start to finish. It’s as simple as contacting us today to learn more or get started.