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How to Prepare for an Interview | The Ultimate Guide5 min read

December 16, 2019 5 min read
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How to Prepare for an Interview | The Ultimate Guide5 min read

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“The more you sweat in prac­tice, The less you bleed in war” 

Our step-by-step ulti­mate guide will assist you on how to pre­pare for an inter­view. More­over, you must be able to val­i­date how you can add val­ue to the organization.

An inter­view assists can­di­dates & inter­view­er to know each oth­er in per­son. It answers the curios­i­ty of can­di­dates regard­ing the objec­tive of the com­pa­ny they will work with in the future.

“Well begun is half done”

The fol­low­ing tips on how to pre­pare for an inter­view will help you to grab your dream job. And help you even if you are soon to go through a video inter­view after you just got a job offer.

How to prepare for an Interview
Be well pre­pared before going for an inter­view. In order to land into your dream job, you need to pass this ini­tial stage of interview.

1. Get the information about the company you have applied to

Follow the blog, website & social media pages of the company

They con­tain infor­ma­tion about prod­ucts, ser­vices & client base. Sim­i­lar­ly, their social media pages are help­ful in get­ting the lat­est news regard­ing prod­uct devel­op­ment, as well as, ser­vices. In fact, the updat­ed infor­ma­tion can be use­ful to pre­pare for an inter­view.

Most impor­tant­ly, the inter­view­ers expect can­di­dates to have an idea of the com­pa­ny. You will cre­ate more chances for your­self to be select­ed. So research the com­pa­ny thor­ough­ly while you do the job search. Also spend time to learn some details about the hir­ing manager.

Dig in deep for background information

Back­ground infor­ma­tion com­pris­es mis­sion state­ments, rev­enue, strength & offices. Above all, these pieces of infor­ma­tion will help you stand out among the rest. Cer­tain­ly, the inter­view­ers expect you to align your­self with the mis­sion of the com­pa­ny. To sum up, these pieces of infor­ma­tion will be help­ful to shape your career.

2. Learn about the interviewer

Art of interview


While look­ing to pre­pare for inter­view ques­tions, learn in detail about the inter­view­er whom you have nev­er met. First­ly, dig deep into their social media pro­file. Linked In can be hand­i­er. Sec­ond­ly, fol­low their activ­i­ties on social media.

This will help you under­stand his/her per­son­al­i­ty bet­ter. More­over, it will be easy for you to build a cor­dial rela­tion. To sum up, you can have an under­stand­ing of how to pre­pare for inter­view questions. 

3. Have complete information about the job description to pass the interview

The main pur­pose of the job descrip­tion is to search the can­di­dates who match the pro­file. Above all, it is the min­i­mum cri­te­ria a can­di­date must match to fit in the job title. Your skills must align with the job descrip­tion and job require­ments for instance. And you should be a good fit for the com­pa­ny culture.

When you have a piece of detailed infor­ma­tion about the job, you will know what is expect­ed of you. Hence, you can build a detailed strat­e­gy for walk-in inter­view.

4. Prepare for Mock Interviews before an actual interview

You need to prac­tice before­hand to ana­lyze the weak­ness­es. Some­times, you may have com­plete infor­ma­tion but lack of prac­tice may ruin every­thing. A mock job inter­view can be help­ful as it con­tains sam­ple answers to guide you. It helps job seek­ers to ana­lyze their skill set.

Most impor­tant­ly, you will need to orga­nize the resume, cov­er let­ter, degree, mark sheets, iden­ti­ty proofs, pho­to­graph, etc. prop­er­ly. Take some time to study them. Believe! It will be of great help dur­ing an interview.

5. Manage your social presence

Most of the inter­view­ers would like to have a glance at your pub­lic pro­file to know more about you. First­ly, you will have to work on improv­ing your social pres­ence by engag­ing on social media plat­forms like Linked In.

Sec­ond­ly, you must deter­mine what would you like peo­ple to see. Above all, your pro­file must be pro­fes­sion­al. It plays a deci­sive role in mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the interview.

These strate­gies men­tioned above are essen­tial tips on how to pre­pare for an inter­view. Make your dream a real­i­ty with a series of tech­niques to pre­pare for inter­view ques­tions.

Read about: Most Com­mon Inter­view Ques­tions Asked

Common personality traits of candidates who stand out in the crowd:

1. They are leaders.

Lead­ers usu­al­ly lead and inspire the team to achieve their poten­tial. As a result, they are orga­nized & pro­duc­tive. Above all, com­pa­nies expect their employ­ees and poten­tial employ­ers to demon­strate their lead­er­ship skills as per the sit­u­a­tion and time. In a nut­shell, strong lead­ers dri­ve growth and are a source of inspi­ra­tion for many.

2. They take ownership of every activity they do

Tak­ing own­er­ship will add val­ue to their cred­i­bil­i­ty. In fact, they will com­mand the respect and trust of their peers and high­er management.

3. Their confidence is reflected in their body language, speech pattern & clothing

Con­fi­dence builds self-esteem which adds val­ue to your progress. This is to say, you can face a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion with ease. Sim­i­lar­ly, con­fi­dence is reflect­ed in your thought process as well. Pos­i­tive thought cre­ates an atmos­phere where every­one can make a con­tri­bu­tion not by com­pul­sion but with desire.

Cer­tain­ly, every com­pa­ny would like to have such an employ­ee for whom work­ing as a spe­cif­ic pro­fes­sion­al is a pas­sion. So take time while choos­ing which job to apply for.

4. They have optimum knowledge of their target company and its products, as well as, services.

When a can­di­date has the rel­e­vant knowl­edge in their niche, they can con­tribute more. They will have a road map to exe­cute their skills to accom­plish the task & dri­ve growth. More­over, know­ing about a com­pa­ny, its prod­ucts & ser­vices will help them decide the course of action.

5. They have excellent convincing skills.

Suc­cess is earned while oppor­tu­ni­ties are created.

They are effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tors & a good lis­ten­er. Above all, a good lis­ten­er can present them­selves effec­tive­ly under any cir­cum­stance. Suc­cess depends on your abil­i­ty to con­vince. You can accom­plish most of your life goals apart from land­ing in inter­views through effec­tive communication.

Read about how to improve com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills here.


Crack the interview

You might have had a glimpse of the pur­pose of the inter­view, prepa­ra­tion tech­niques & nec­es­sary skills required to win dif­fer­ences. Usu­al­ly, we tend to fol­low the crowd rather than lis­ten­ing to our con­science. To sum up, your achieve­ments & accom­plish­ments should com­mu­ni­cate for you dur­ing the interview.

And don’t for­get that your inter­view out­fit also mat­ters a lot. Decide your out­fit accord­ing to the dress code of the com­pa­ny. Car­ry copies of your resume with you.

Vikash Kumar Jha is a computer science graduate. He is interested in researching, reading, and writing on topics related to career & job search.
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