How well you interview will determine if you get the job. It is essential to know yourself and how your personality, characteristics, qualities and experiences relate to the position you are applying for. Prepare diligently for the interview and know what kinds of questions will be asked of you – in addition to what question you intend to ask of the employer.
You need to do a certain amount of soul-searching in order to prepare for the interview. Think about and write out answers to the following questions, making sure to look at them from your unique perspective.
Now look at your answers and determine what will set you apart from other candidates. Relate those qualities and characteristics to the kinds of questions that will be asked in the interview. You can also use mistakes made in the past as examples of self-improvement if you have taken the initiative to improve in those areas.
The most important and useful thing you can do to prepare for an interview is practice. Take the time to do some soul-searching. Research common interview questions and practice answering them. It may even be useful to write out the answers and read them several times – including right before the interview. Practice in mock-interview situations. Practice with your friends and family. Practice, practice and then practice some more.
Finally, don’t forget to ask questions at your interview. Keep them relevant to the position and don’t ask about pay or benefits during the first interview. Books are available that can give you ideas about what is expected and how to hand the “Do you have any questions?” question.