PREPARING FOR INTERVIEWS
- Research the company ahead of time. The Internet is an excellent resource for this. Get to know their products, services, reputation, and recent history. Read any recent press releases involving them. Find out who their competitors are. Pay close attention to the adjectives and imagery they use to describe themselves, on their website and in their publications. Think about how to describe yourself and your style to show you are compatible with the way they see themselves.
- If there are any gaps in your resume (e.g. they would like an employee with a skill you do not possess), think about how you will discuss them honestly and positively. (e.g. you can point to your history as a fast learner, or your skill in related areas to the desired skill, or you might offer to register for training in the desired skill, etc.) If you spent a period not working, or not working in your current field, be prepared to describe how that experience contributes to your skills now.
- Bring samples of your work – on paper, on CD, or URLs that the interviewer can access. If possible, give them a copy of the samples to keep.
- Do not bring samples of work which was done under a confidentiality agreement, unless you can show proof that you have permission to do so.
- Think ahead, and be ready to talk about the on-the-job challenges you have overcome. Also think about situations where you have shown good people skills, good work under stressful conditions, and good problem-solving skills.
- Project a confident, positive attitude and a willingness to learn and adapt. Many employers will choose an employee for their ability to fit in with “the team” than for their paper qualifications.