How to Prepare for Your Next Interview

In today’s world there are so many opportunities for us to explore. We have the answers to questions right at our fingertips, can explore new things and ideas, and we can immerse ourselves in things we truly enjoy. When it comes to our careers, why can’t we do the same thing?  With so many openings across the country, I think we can do just that! We can apply to opportunities, but we must be sure we are prepared if selected; the easy part is applying, and the hard part is interviewing! Here are a few suggestions to help you prepare for interviews and make you stand out!

  1. Depending on the role and the company, you might be involved in multiple interviews like virtual, onsite, assessments, panels, or HR screen. The best thing one can do to prepare is ask about the hiring process and can plan accordingly.
  2. Research the company that you are applying to! Prior to the interview, learn about the company’s values and mission, what they do, who they work with, or any news or accolades.
  3. Practice, practice, practice. Ask a friend or family member to have a mock interview with you, practice introducing yourself, be mindful of your body language, practice answering potential questions, and dress professionally.
  4. Understand situational and behavioral questions so you can be prepared to answer them. You’ll want to answer questions thoroughly, thoughtfully, and with real experiences if possible. Think of the interview as a 2-way discussion: they’re learning about you, and you are learning about them.
  5. Come to the interview with questions you want to ask the employer. Things like why the position is open; what are the goals; what does the day-to-day look like; and what does success look like are all great questions to ask to show that you’re invested in the company and role. And of course, you always want to thank people for their time and ask when you could expect to hear from them or even potential next steps.

These are just a few ideas of preparing for interviews—the list can be endless. There are countless tips, videos, and real-life stories right at your fingertips. Even having conversations with friends and family and learning about their experiences can be beneficial. Bottom line is that being yourself, having confidence, and being prepared will help you to be successful and hopefully help you find your next opportunity!

Neisha Rice

Neisha has been with Aureus Group since November 2017. She’s currently a Senior IT Recruiter, but her expertise goes beyond helping clients find top talent and candidates find their career match, as she’s also been a Front Desk Coordinator and Staffing Assistant with the company.

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