Interview Preparation

Researching The Company

Researching the company before an interview is an absolutely vital step towards a successful interview, so do your homework! You may use the information you find from your research to come up with questions for the interview. Here are some research tips:

  • What services or products does the company provide?
  • How large is the company?
  • How long has the company been in business and what has been the growth pattern?
  • Where are its headquarters, office locations, plants, and/or stores?
  • How do the prospects for the future look?
  • What is the corporate structure of the company and who are the main decision-makers?
  • Who are the competitors?
  • What is the growth potential with the company?

Interview Tips

You’ll be well equipped to handle an interview successfully if you take the time to prepare yourself. The confidence you will gain through thorough interview preparation will also reduce the anxiety that is often provoked by interviewing. Remember that this is your chance to WOW your potential employer and convince them that you are the person for the job!

  • In preparing yourself for the interview, ask yourself questions about why you want the job and why you think you would be well suited for it. It will also help to think about how this job will help you with your short and long-term goals.
  • It is important to exude confidence in an interview, as it is much easier to convince a potential employer that you are the right person for them if you believe it to be true yourself!
  • Dress for success! Wear your most professional interview attire and you will make a great impression.
  • Avoid accepting something to eat or drink unless absolutely necessary. This eliminates crumbs and spills! If you must drink something, make it water.
  • Bring something to write on and to write with but avoid carrying too much into an interview. The less you have, the less you’ll have to drop, fumble through, or forget to take at the end of your interview.
  • Come prepared with several copies of your resume and reference information.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to make sure you do not arrive late. If you find yourself at the interview location early, don’t go into the office until the time you’re scheduled to arrive.
  • People often tend to speak quickly when they’re nervous, so make a conscious effort to speak at a reasonable pace.
  • Avoid using “umm” or “yeah” as filler. Instead, take a moment to think through your response.
  • Keep your responses thorough, without rambling on. Be as concise as possible.
  • Don’t use negativity when speaking about your current or former employers. Find a tactful way to handle these questions, should they come up.
  • If you are interested in the job, remember to show your enthusiasm and express your level of interest.
  • Try to correlate your skills and abilities with the company needs and/or the job requirements. Emphasize your skills, accomplishments, and potential.
  • Ask questions about the company or the position responsibilities if you have them. It’s also appropriate to ask if there is any additional information the employer may need from you.
  • Inquire about the next step in the interview process.
  • Remember to say “thank you” at the conclusion of the interview and ask for the interviewer’s business card. This will ensure that you have the information you need to follow up with a thank you letter.

Writing a thank you

Sending a thank you letter after an interview is a professional and appropriate way to follow up with a potential employer, and it is a great way to set yourself apart from other candidates! Thank you letters should be written and mailed the day of the interview. As email has become more common and job decisions are often time sensitive, it is not uncommon to send thank you letters via email. Do send a letter or email to everyone who interviewed you. Be sure to reiterate your interest in the position and express your appreciation for the time and consideration given to you by the interviewer.