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How To Prepare Yourself for a Professional Interview

Mar 10, 2021 09:01AM ● By Kristy Huddle

You’ve finally made it through the grueling application process and have an interview. You should be proud of yourself for making it so far already, but the struggles aren’t over yet. Interviewing can be a tough experience for a lot of people, especially if you’re not used to the process or you’re brand-new to it. To help you out, we’ve made this guide on how to prepare yourself for an interview so you can feel ready to take on whatever they may throw at you.

Follow the Dress Code

Almost all interviews will have a dress code that you’ll need to follow. Showing up in the wrong dress can be an immediate red flag for an interviewer. To err on the side of safety, always dress slightly more professional than the dress code asks, but don’t go overboard. If you have a more professional interview, you’ll need to do more than just wear the right clothes. You might also have to put your hair up, trim your facial hair, wear certain colors, or avoid certain patterns. Always remember to ask for the dress code before the day of your interview.

Research the Company

Interviewers want to know that you care about their company specifically. Nothing looks worse than showing up to an interview without anything to ask about the company itself. You can easily do research online to find out about the company structure, who the key people are, and what they’ve been doing recently. Conducting this research is an important part of how you prepare for an interview as it shows you’re not just showing up to random interviews without putting in work on your end.

Prepare Questions

As we said above, you should really have a question or two ready to go for the interviewer. Interviewers will almost always ask if you have any questions for them; this is your chance to learn more about the company or position. Try to come up with a few, as sometimes your questions will get answered during the course of the interview. These need to be insightful questions; don’t ask something too simple and never ask how much money someone makes unless you’re talking about your own salary.

Practice Common Interview Questions

Unless you’re interviewing somewhere very unique, most interviews will have questions that overlap. You can easily find these questions online and answering them on your own time will help with your interview. You’ll get to know yourself more and be more prepared to answer when those questions pop up in the interview. Some common interview questions include:

  • Why do you want this job?
  • What’s your greatest weakness?
  • What’s a challenge you’ve faced in the workplace before?
  • Why have you decided to look for a new job?
  • What is your leadership style?

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