Preparing for a Job Interview

Preparing for a job interview is the key to making a positive impression on a prospective employer.

Preparing for a job interview is the key to making a positive impression on a prospective employer.

During the interview process, the primary objective of an interviewer is to gather sufficient information that helps the company determine whether or not to hire the applicant. To accomplish that, an applicant must sufficiently prepare for the job interview to make it successful.

According to the Department of Labor, some ways to get ready for the job interview are:

  • Learn about the organization.

  • Have a specific job or jobs in mind.

  • Review your qualifications for the job.

  • Be ready to briefly describe your experience, showing how it relates it the job.

  • Be ready to answer broad questions, such as "Why should I hire you?" "Why do you want this job?" "What are your strengths and weaknesses?"

  • Practice an interview with a friend or relative.


Employers are always looking for individuals who have specific skills as well as "universal" skills. The universal skills are along the lines of being a hard worker, reliable and trustworthy. The specific skills are those that are needed to do the particular job well.

It makes a huge difference when an applicant comes to the job interview prepared, aware of the nature of the job position that he or she is applying for and has a little something to offer when asked about how familiar he or she is with the organization. With excellent communication skills, an applicant can weave an excellent picture of his or her potential of working for the company. This way, the applicant can present all his capabilities and abilities that can be helpful in convincing the employers that he or she is the best person to get the job done.

Here are some of areas that are commonly used to define the traits and characteristics that an applicant may have and use when employed into the organization's corporate world:

  • Confidence: Are you poised and well prepared or do you get flustered easily?
  • Cooperative: Do you get along well with others? Do you tend to be critical of others?
  • Innovation: Can you think "outside the box"? Are you a creative person? Do you look for new ways of doing things?
  • Self-Discipline: Are you organized? Do you prioritize your day? Are you reliable?
  • Integrity: Are you an honest individual? Do you work hard even when no one is looking?

To get the job that you are vying for, you have to give the employer ample information to allow him/her to make a qualified decision about whether you are the best person for the job – or not.

Preparing for a job interview makes your likelihood of success much greater.

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Additional Job Interview Q&A Info

For even more information about job interview questions and how to answer them, consider the "Job Interview Success System."

One of the 5 key components of this system is a 31-page report entitled "How to Give Job-Winning Answers to Interview Questions." In addition to giving more tips and strategies on general answering techniques, it lists 45 of the easiest, toughest, silliest and most common job interview questions as well as how to respond to them.

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