Interview Preparation 101: Everything You Need to Know

on February 12, 2024 in ABR Blog, Career and Job Search Tips, Interview Tips


An interview is a crucial step in the hiring process, where you have the opportunity to showcase your skills, personality and fit for the role. However, it can also be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if you are not well prepared with interview preparation. To help you ace your next interview, here are some tips and strategies to follow before, during and after the meeting.

Before the interview:

Research the company and the role. Learn as much as you can about the company’s mission, vision, values, culture and goals. Also, review the job description and identify the key skills and qualifications required for the role. This will help you tailor your answers and demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm.

Review your resume and portfolio. Make sure your resume is updated and error-free, and highlight your relevant achievements and experiences. If you have a portfolio of your work, such as projects, samples or testimonials, prepare it in a format that is easy to share and showcase during the interview.

Prepare your answers to common interview questions. There are some questions that are likely to be asked in any interview, such as “Tell me about yourself”, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”, “Why do you want to work for us?” and “Why should we hire you?”. Practice your answers to these questions using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action and Result), which helps you structure your responses with specific examples and outcomes.

Prepare some questions to ask the interviewer. Asking questions is a great way to show your interest in the role and the company, as well as to clarify any doubts or concerns you may have. You can ask about the company culture, the expectations for the role, the challenges or opportunities you may face, or the next steps in the hiring process.

Plan your outfit and logistics. Dress professionally and appropriately for the role and the company culture. Avoid wearing anything too flashy, revealing or casual. Also, plan how you will get to the interview location, how long it will take you, and what documents or materials you need to bring with you.

During the interview:

Arrive early and make a good first impression. Aim to arrive at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time of the interview, to avoid any delays or stress. Greet the interviewer with a smile and a firm handshake, and introduce yourself confidently. Be polite and courteous to everyone you meet at the company, as they may also have a say in your hiring decision.

Be confident and positive. Show your enthusiasm and passion for the role and the company, and express your gratitude for the opportunity. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer, speak clearly and concisely, and avoid using filler words or slang. Use positive body language, such as nodding, smiling and leaning forward slightly, to convey your interest and engagement.

Focus on your skills and achievements. Highlight how your skills, experiences and accomplishments match the requirements of the role and the goals of the company. Use specific examples and quantifiable results to demonstrate your value and impact. Avoid talking about irrelevant or negative aspects of your previous jobs or employers, as this may reflect poorly on your professionalism and attitude.

Ask insightful questions. When the interviewer asks if you have any questions for them, take this opportunity to ask some of the questions you prepared beforehand, or any new ones that arose during the conversation. This will show that you have done your homework, that you are curious and eager to learn more, and that you are serious about working for them.

Thank them and follow up. At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for their time and consideration, and restate your interest in the role and the company. Ask them when you can expect to hear back from them, or what are the next steps in the process. After the interview, send a thank-you email or note to the interviewer within 24 hours, expressing your appreciation and enthusiasm.

By following these tips, you can prepare yourself for a successful interview that showcases your best self and increases your chances of landing your dream job. Good luck!

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