Three Simple Steps to Prepare for Your Next Job Interview
Preparing for an interview can be overwhelming. You want to make the best first impression, which includes having substantial background information on the company and articulating your past job experience effectively. Follow the steps below to ensure you’re well prepared for any interview:
- Do Your Homework
Spend some time finding as much information about the company as you possibly can. Research what the company does, such as its size, how it’s organized, and its products and services. Look at the company’s website, news articles, and quarterly/annual reports.
Be sure you have a thorough understanding of the position, its key duties, primary responsibilities and what’s expected in the role. With this knowledge in mind, you can better tailor your responses to the interviewer’s questions.
- Review Your Career History Thoroughly
Review dates, positions, duties/responsibilities and accomplishments. Concentrate on your most recent positions, but don’t neglect your early career. Overall, speak positively of previous employers. Be prepared to cite specific examples of accomplishments and how your experience can help the company solve some of its problems. Use these formats:
MSA – Made, Saved, Achieved
STAR – Situation, Tasks, Action, Results
PAR – Problem, Action, Results
- Be Able to Articulate Why You Want the Job
Seldom is the most qualified person the one who is hired. The individual who is extended the offer most often is the one who has the best “fit” with the organization. Use language like:
- “I feel this opportunity is in line with my long-term career goals and will allow me to leverage my accounting degree and build on the experience I have already obtained.”
- “I want to be with a company that is on the leading edge of implementing effective change in the industry.”
- “It offers the connection with people that I want to have by working and communicating with the leaders of the organization.”
- “I want to leverage the analytical skills gained from public accounting, along with my interpersonal strengths acquired from managing people, into a leadership role within the accounting department.”
Most importantly, be confident in yourself. By confidently articulating your desire to land the job and why you best fit the organization’s culture, you’re one step closer to getting a job offer. Check out our Interview Prep videoto learn more.