You have a great resume, possess strong credentials, and show enthusiasm that is contagious! Finally, your dream job is calling and you are invited to an interview. Congratulations! This is a huge accomplishment. Now, it’s time to prepare for this event. If you want to use the interview time wisely, you must be well-versed in the following areas:
- Company overview: Understanding what a company does should never be underestimated. How do you plan to answer the question: “So, what do you know about our company?” Not having a correct answer will most likely ruin your interview. Your answer should be a reflection of your research. You may want to visit the company website and look for the mission statement. A current employee can also be a great resource.
- Learn about competitors: Companies will always have a competitor. It’s your task to identify that competitor and communicate any differences in products/services when the opportunity arises.
- Articulate how you plan to solve their problems: Know what skills you possess and how you can make an immediate impact to the organization. Be sure to weave your expertise into your answers.
Conducting research prior to your interview will help save time during the interview. This is because the interviewer will have more time to address the most important topic: your background. Remember that most interviews are approximately 30 minutes to one hour in length. Make sure this time is spent wisely.