After submitting countless applications for premium entry level jobs and paid internships, it can be incredibly exciting to find out that you’ve landed your first official job interview. As this initial excitement begins to subside, you’ll need to start seriously readying yourself for speaking with the hiring manager. Here are some tips to help prepare.
Know who you are
One of the most obvious aspects of an interview many rookie job seekers overlook is knowing who they are as a candidate. These days, it’s simple not enough to want or be qualified for a position, you need to have a deeper understanding of your own experience, background, goals, strengths and personality. Don’t just think about this job when forming your answer – begin thinking about what type of career and future you would like for yourself and how you plan on achieving it.
Beyond questions of self discovery, you can expect to speak with an interviewer for a half hour to two hours, depending on the intensity of the interview process. Make sure you’re ready for their line of questioning by practicing your responses in a mock interview. Ask a friend or family member to play the part of hiring manager a few times so you can practice speaking your replies.
Prepare some questions
Beyond answering the interviewer’s queries, you should also prepare some questions of your own for the meeting. While you don’t need to think of more than a handful, be ready to ask about the company’s history, ongoing projects, the office culture as well as some background about your interviewer’s own experience working there.