How to prepare for an interview

There are tons of interview tips available online. Some of them are contradictory and some repeat each other. What does it mean for you?

First of all, any interview is very individual and personal. Nobody knows what would be asked and why. Every recruiter or hiring manager makes her/his own judgment based on personal experiences and needs, said that the most important lesson learnt is there is no one right answer. The most important during the interview is to be yourself and answer questions honestly. You never know what will or won't sell you in the end of the day. However there are some standard tips which may help you in your preparation.
Do your homework
Before the interview learn as much as possible about the company: read the website blog, LinkedIn profile and Facebook page carefully. Find the people you are going to meet online: if you are lucky, there is useful info on a web page or linked profile.

If a person writes a blog: read it to know what she/he is concerned about. Probably there are some tips of what to expect during the interview.

Consult with services such as glassdoor.com or kununu.de for some specific insight of what type of interview is common for the company and even what questions to expect.
Know what to be ready for
In order to be well prepared you need to know what kind of interviews there are. Here is the list of the most common interview types:

  • General interview
  • Behavioral interview
  • Structured interview
  • Assessment Centr
  • Case study
Practice your answers
Starting from your pitch: think of what you are going to highlight and why. Give only relevant information and avoid generic thoughts. Be precise in what you want to discuss.

Try to speak to yourself (looking into a mirror) or record a video! You will find a lot of new things you have never noticed about yourself before. If you have an opportunity to grasp a sparring partner (it can be a friend you trust or a career coach with professional view) and practise your answers. After you are done try to evaluate yourself. How calm you were. How precise you have answered the question. Did you constantly play with a pen or hair? Have you said "hmm" or "you know" all the time? Try to avoid these small distractions from your speech and try again.

Usually 3-5 rehearsals help you on finding the right wording, intonation and confidence look. Especially this is important during discussing your salary question or change motivation 😁

The article first appeared on my LinkedIn blog.
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