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Interview Check List

applyInterviewing is hard enough, so we created a quick check-list you can use to make sure you are ready to rock and roll.

The CareerAde Interview Check List

The week before the interview:

  • Read annual reports, company websites etc to research the company and the open position you are interviewing for
    • What do they do, what is their revenue, who is their biggest competitor, what were their most important recent announcements, what has their stock price been doing etc.
  • Develop your main talking points
    • Concisely articulate the 3-5 reasons why you should be hired for this job / what you have to offer compared to other applicants
    • If there are any inconsistencies in your application (e.g. unexplained time off, career change etc), developing logical and clear explanations
  • Develop your responses to the most typical interview questions
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
    • Why should I hire you?
    • Why are you interested in this job, this company?
    • When have you shown <attribute expected in the job, e.g. leadership>?

The day before the interview:

  • Re-read your research on the company and the open position
  • Rehearse your main talking points and answers to the most critical questions
  • Figure out and prepare what you want to wear
  • Print out driving / travel directions
  • Figure out when you need to leave the house to make it to the interview on time
  • Go to bed on the early side to give yourself 7-8 hours of sleep

The day of the interview:

  • If you are working, try to take the day off to concentrate on the interview
  • Have a good breakfast / lunch so that you will not be hungry during the interview but also do not eat too much so that you are lethargic and ready for a nap
  • If you are a lower energy-type person or tired, have a coffee before the interview!
  • Get to the interview location with some time to spare, especially if you may need some time finding the location
  • Enter the employer’s office building 10-15 minutes before your interview – they will need time to get you to sign in, call interviewer etc
  • Showtime!

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