Interviewing can be stressful and exhausting, especially if you have to do it often when searching for a job. While your resume might be what gets you the interview, the interview itself will let potential employers know if you are the right candidate for the job. Making even a small mistake during an interview can cost you a job, because the job market is very competitive in many fields and there are lots of qualified people vying for different jobs. Even if you are polite, well dressed, and do a decent job answering the interview questions, that still might not be enough to set you apart from other applicants.
In order to really succeed at an interview, you need to be extremely polished, and you also need to prepare ahead of time. If you want to ace your interview, read the list of the following five tips, and make sure you keep them in mind before and during your interview.
1. Research the company
Researching the company doesn’t just mean research the basics. Hopefully, if you applied for a job at a particular company, you already know at least what the company does. Once you are offered an interview, you should spend a good deal of time researching more specifics. Start by looking at the company’s website. Determine how it markets itself, how it claims to differentiate itself from the competition, and so on. Determine if you know someone who works at the company already (if you don’t know off the top of your head, search Facebook and LinkedIn.) You can also look at the company’s blog if it has one. Lastly, if you know the name of the person who will be interviewing you (or people) try to find out about them. The more you know about the company, the better you will be able to answer the questions.