The hiring process can be stressful at times. Just thinking about it makes people nervous. Some people lose sleep thinking about what they will say during their interview. There is a ton of competition and organizations are extremely selective who they hire. Organizations want the best talent and will interview and screen a number of people to ensure the right candidate is identified. Companies may ask you to attend several interviews, they may ask a series of challenging questions, and they may ask you to conduct online tests and assessments. So, how does one standout from the crowd of applicants? Being prepared for your interview is extremely important and is just one way to separate yourself from the competition. What does being prepared mean? Do you know who you are interviewing with? Have you visited the company website? Have you visited one of their locations? Can you clearly talk about the company when asked the question, do you know what we do? Surprisingly many people cannot give a clear answer because they failed to do their research and have not taken the time to review an organizations website. This tells the hiring manager that the applicant may have little interest in joining their team. Knowledge is power. The more information you know about the organization you are interviewing with, the better prepared you will be, thus separating you from the crowd.
Here are some easy and helpful tips to help you prepare for an interview
- Do your research. Read the organizations corporate website and visit their locations to get a better understanding of what they do.
- Do you know how to get there? Map out a clear direction and always be prepared for road delays.
- Arrive on time. Arriving 10 minutes before your interview starts is ideal.
- Dress to impress. First impressions go a very long way. Make sure you wear your best suit, even if it’s for an entry level opportunity.
- Do you know who you will be meeting with when you arrive? Make sure you know the hiring managers full name and their job title.
- Always bring 2 copies of your resume with you.