It seems that no matter how many job interviews I navigate successfully, I always find myself Googling “job interview questions” in an irrational panic the night before. Wild, nervous thoughts rush through my mind — What do they even ask in a job interview? I can’t remember!
No matter how many articles I read—and write—on job interview preparation, there is always that moment of worry the night before an interview when my mind goes blank, and I can’t imagine what they could ask me, or how I could respond. I don’t need someone to tell me what to wear or how early I should go to bed. I just need to sit down, take a deep breath, look at interview questions, and practice responding to them.
Enter Young Einsteins Job Interview Prep. It’s not an absurd list of “527 Interview Questions You May Be Asked!” and it’s not the #basic nonsense you already know. It’s a simple guide that will cover all your bases pre-interview. It will give you a chance to practice responding to must-know questions, fill in any knowledge gaps you may have, and ultimately, assure you that Yes, you are ready for this. Here’s how you should tackle your prep work:
In a survey of 2,000 hiring bosses, 47% said they rejected applicants for having little to no knowledge of the company. This is step one in the prep process. You need to have reliable answers to the questions “What do you know about our company?” and “Why do you want to work here?” The interviewer doesn’t care why you want to work in this industry. They want to know why you want to work at this specific company, in this specific group, in this specific role. Use the company’s website and social pages to get a sense of what they’re about. Read reviews on Glassdoor. Do not forget to search the company for Google News.
Now is the time to put your social media stalking prowess to the test. For questions like, “Why should we hire you?” and “What are your professional strengths?” it helps to know what kind of person you’re talking to, and what they’re looking for. Even though the average length of an interview is 40 minutes, 33% of 2,000 surveyed bosses said they know within the first 90 seconds if they will hire that candidate. In other words, that casual pre-interview chit-chat is crucial. With five minutes of effort, you can find out that this person was tweeting like crazy about say, the World Cup. Ask if she’s been watching while you walk to the interview room. If you see on his LinkedIn that he just wrote a blog post about the importance of a firm handshake and eye contact, make sure you knock those out of the park. Any information you can find out beforehand can be used to create a positive impression.
You’re ready. Now that you’ve done your research about the company and people you’ll be speaking with, it’s time to think about your strengths, career goals, and how you’re going to present yourself to your potential employer. The Job Interview Prep Tool will guide you through every question, from “What is your greatest professional achievement?” to “How do you deal with stressful situations?” If you spend time formulating thoughtful responses to each question on the worksheet, that panicky feeling will subside, and you’ll be able to fall asleep with peace of mind, knowing you are thoroughly prepared. Good luck!