A job interview is your opportunity to demonstrate the value you would bring to a specific job and organization.
Before the Interview
Knowing that you have an interview coming up can be stressful. However, if you use the time before your interview to prepare yourself, you will likely look and feel more confident during the interview.
- Research the job scope and qualifications, the company, and the interviewer.
- Prepare a concise answer to the question “Who are you and why do I care?” The answer should be a short, memorable, and credible statement of your values that aligns with the interviewer’s needs. Construct an elevator pitch.
- Think of persuasive examples that illustrate situations in which you had a positive, measurable impact, brought a relevant skill to bear on a task, or overcame significant obstacles to achieve a goal.
- Have a set of three to five questions prepared that demonstrate an authentic interest in the role and the company. At the very least, they should indicate that you have been to its website and read your interviewer’s LinkedIn profile.
- Develop a case to present if it’s a consulting interview or a stock to pitch if it’s for an investing position.