Even if you’re already incredibly experienced when it comes to job interviews, you should still spend time preparing.
It’s important to review your relevant accomplishments and skills that will resonate the best with your interviewer. The examples you choose to share will likely vary from one interview to the next.
Plus, it also helps to plan some of your answers in advance, too.
Talking About Yourself
First of all, be prepared to properly respond to the old standard: “tell us about yourself.” This is something you’ll be presented with in nearly every interview situation, so it helps to have an answer ready.
Answering the Whys
Your interviewer will very likely ask why you’re interested in the position for which you’re applying. They might also ask about what interests you in the company itself. Be prepare to thoroughly answer these questions.
If you can, look for some key elements that demonstrate why you’re a good fit for the role.
Discussing Your “Biggest Weakness”
Another classic, commonly asked question pertains to your biggest weakness. Don’t let this trip you up. Instead, talk about something that you’ve perhaps struggled with in the past but are working diligently to overcome.
For instance, if you’ve had trouble with public speaking in the past, you might discuss the leadership roles you’ve assumed. This way, you can talk about the things you’re doing to conquer your fears.
Play by the Numbers
When discussing your accomplishments and responsibilities you’ve held, it helps immensely if you can incorporate some solid numbers. Percentages, measurable increases, and quotas met can all help make you look more desirable to a hiring manager.
Bring Prepared Notes
While we suggest taking notes during your interview, it certainly doesn’t hurt to prepare some in advance, too. Look up some common interview questions and jot down some important bullet points in response to them.
This way you’ll have a bit of a cheat sheet without blatantly reading a scripted response.
Practice Your Responses
Having notes helps, but you don’t want to be constantly reading from them. Practice answering common questions out loud in front of a mirror so that you’ll be more comfortable with the process.
It also doesn’t hurt to try some mock interviews with a friend or family member.