1. Get organized
Write down the date, time and location of your interview in your smart phone or date book right away.2. Research the company
Their website: Check out their mission statement, values/competences, services or products, case studies, awards, blog and executives. Be confident you can summarize why you want to work at the company and why you are a great fit with this company in particular.Job site
: See what current job openings they have other than your specific interest. This will give you a well-rounded view of the company.LinkedIn
: Do they have a company page? Any relevant information that isn’t on their website?Google search
: Look for press releases and any awards or information that the company may not have highlighted on their website.
Also, write down any questions you have to ask to determine if the company is the right fit for you and you are the right fit for them.3. Get the REAL story via social media
4. Research your interviewers
- Check out their Facebook page to see photos, comments and general company news. This can be a great place to see company social event photos.
- See if they have a Twitter account or a company #hashtag so you can see what your future colleagues are tweeting about.
- See if there are any employee videos on YouTube.
- Check out job posting sites for ratings and candid feedback from past employees.
If you have the interviewer names, check them out on LinkedIn. See how long they have been with the company, which positions they have held, what their interests are, who they might know in your network, etc.5. Research the industry:
6. Practice being interviewed
- What are top trends in the industry right now?
- Why do you feel this industry is a great fit for you?
- Who are the biggest competitors of this company?
Have a family member, friend, or roommate ask you interview questions and practice giving answers.7. Plan your interview outfit
Don’t wait until the morning of your interview to figure out what to wear. Plan it out the night before, and ensure it is ironed and ready to go first thing.8. Re-read your notes and prepare your own questions
Read over your research the night before or that morning. Don’t memorize everything but ensure you know their service offerings or products, their vision/mission statement, and any top trends in the industry. Write down a list of potential questions you would like to ask the interviewer.9. Arrive early
Leave yourself plenty of time to arrive at your interview location. Remember to have confidence in introducing yourself with a smile, confident tone and great eye contact.