Being well-prepared for an interview not only makes you look
good to the recruiter, it also will help you be more confident and
relaxed during the meeting. Taking some time to learn about the
company and practicing your responses to standard interview
questions can really pay off in the long run.
Do Your Research
- When scheduling the interview, find
out who you will be meeting, the manager you'd be working for, the
steps in their hiring process and dress code.
- Get directions to the office and a
phone number to call in case you encounter an unexpected
- Ask for a detailed job description,
if you don't already have one.
Learn about the Company
- Visit the company's website and read
- Look for recent news about the
company and industry.
- Check out trade journals and
associations (you can find many of them in the About the
Industry, as well as other sources of information.)
Prepare for Interview Questions
- Write down and be prepared to discuss
three of your achievements.
- Be ready to explain your interest in
the company's type of work.
- Be prepared to discuss how your
skills will make you a productive member of the team.
- Have some short, specific examples in
mind for "behavioural" questions like the following:
- Describe a stressful situation and
how you demonstrated your coping skills.
- Give an example of a goal you set for
yourself and what you did to achieve it.
- Tell me about an experience you had
working with a colleague you didn't like.
- Discuss a time when you had to
conform to a policy in which you did not believe.
- Tell me about a time when you used
good judgment and logic in solving a problem.
- Describe a situation in which you
showed initiative to accomplish something.
Prepare for Compensation Questions
- Research the job market to get an
idea of the general pay ranges and benefits.
- Be prepared to discuss your salary
history, but be careful of selling yourself short.
- If you're pressed to state a figure,
have a range in mind that reflects what you'd like to
- You can always say that you have to
evaluate the role and their compensation programs before stating a