In a perfect world, job hunting would be a breeze. You’d find a job you love, submit your application, hear back from the company in a couple of days, go through an effortless interview, and voila! You’re employed. But who are we kidding? It never goes down that way. Sometimes, though, life throws us a bone and we hear back from one out of what feels like a thousand companies we applied to. SCORE!
Here’s the catch: They want you to come in for an interview TODAY. What happens now?! Sure, you can say that you already have something else lined up today, but some employers actually see that as not being that interested or committed. And you definitely can't just read every article on the internet with job tips! This is exactly what you need to do to prepare for a last minute interview:
1. Go through the job posting/description one more time.
Sometimes, because we’re too eager to click "submit," we neglect the description of the job we’re applying for. When you’re about to go in for an interview, it is absolutely essential that you scan the job posting again, taking in key words that can help you come up with answers that are aligned with the kind of candidate they want.
2. Read up on the company.
Never show up to an interview without knowing at least five facts about the company. Have they been in the news lately? What are some of their most important partnerships? Do they have any new developments? Even something as simple as knowing their mission and vision can help you immensely.
3. Review your resumé.
This is where most people mess up. It’s like when people make a cheat sheet for an exam; they think they don’t have to study anymore because they have something they can rely on—it has all the answers, after all. But then there’s always that ONE question that gets you, and the answer isn’t on your cheat sheet. The lesson: It’s always better to read up and review.
4. Come up with a few success stories.
Trust us, your interviewer will ask about your experiences. You’ll have to be able to provide examples of how you’re a "strong communicator" or how you have "a lot of leadership skills." You better be able to prove that you can walk the talk.
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