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So you got a call and you have scheduled an interview with the company you have been eying for the last few months. Before you walk through their doors, there are a few things one should do to prepare before the interview:
Brush up your resume
Your resume may be out of date. Before you walk into that interview be sure that your resume is updated and free of all mistakes. You may be surprised how many applicants actually put down the wrong contact information, so double-check that your email address and phone number are correct. With that said, confirm with your references that their information is also updated and correct.
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Have a friend or family member look over your resume for any punctuation, grammar, or spelling mistakes. An extra set of eyes reviewing your resume is important; they may catch something that you didn’t. Bring a few extra copies to hand out at the interview.
Check Your Social Media
Facebook and other social media sites can help and hurt you in the interview process. Companies are now doing a Google search to find you on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and blogs. Be sure that you clean up your accounts. Double-check that all your information is set to private so that they are unable to view photos, statues, comments, and links. Keep in mind your photo could possibly show up in these searches, so choose wisely.You have scheduled an interview with the company you have been eying for the last few months. Before you walk through their doors, there are a few things one should do to prepare before the interviewClick To Tweet
Before your interview, do your homework. Spend some time going over the company’s website. Get familiar with their mission and their products and procedures. Also, look up your job position title and study the description there and come up with examples and qualities that you possess that will support these requirements. To take it a step further, research the industry. Look at other companies and competitors; familiarize yourself with the industry news and terms. Having a better understanding of that company and industry will put you ahead of the rest.
First interviews tend to be similar, no matter what industry you are in. The first interview is pretty simple and you will be asked basic questions. Write a list of possible questions they may ask you. You can normally do a Google search based on your industry and find some examples. Go prepared with responses to possible questions. Here are a few to consider:
- What are three of your best qualities?
- What are three of your worst qualities?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- What are your qualifications and how can you benefit from this job?
- What are the reasons for leaving your past jobs?
It’s no secret that job interviews are nerve-wracking, especially if you feel the position is a much-needed stepping stone into a fulfilling product management career. Take a look at CareerAlley's interview resources to improve your interview skills and nail your next interview.
You have heard it before. First impressions are the most important impressions. Before your interview, be sure that you have the appropriate attire, even if that means spending a few bucks on a new tie or blouse. Men: make sure your hair is cut, nails trimmed and facial hair shaven or trimmed. Ladies: Put on some makeup; pull your hair halfway up or in a professional ponytail. The point of the first impression is to impress not to scare off. So be sure your attire is nice, clean, and professional.
The day or two before your big interview is very nerve-racking. To get rid of those butterflies, keep busy with a light workout. Working out releases endorphins which will help calm you and put a smile on your face. Make sure you get some rest before because a good night’s rest will make sure you are vibrant for your interview. And don’t forget to eat a nice, healthy breakfast!
Take notes and start preparing for that interview. A few extra things to remember: smile, give a firm handshake and thank the company for their time. Be yourself and be confident and you will nail it! Good luck and happy interviewing!