Senior Employment Resources

Preparing for an Effective Job Interview

On this page, we lay out some key steps that you should take to prepare for a job interview so that you will be prepared, be confident and ready to effectively present yourself in person.

Remember, an interview is an opportunity for an employer to meet and learn about you, but it is also an opportunity for you to learn important details about the job. It is also an opportunity for you to present why you are a solid candidate for the position and why you should be hired for the position.

For a great overview interview preparation, see this great infographic courtesy of Acuity Training Limited, Guildford, Surrey U.K.

Research the Company:

If you didn't research the company before applying, doing some research prior to the interview will allow you to show the prospective employer that you have a real interest in the job. Several ways to do research on a company are:

Research the Position:

Your job as a candidate is to present yourself as the best possible person for the position. The best way to do this is to find out what the position entails, so that you can identify the specific skills that make you especially suited for the job:

Prepare Your Materials for the Interview:

Know Where You're Going

Personal Attire and Grooming Considerations:

Demeanor

Ideally, you'd have researched the company and the position before you sent in your application. Even if you did, it's a good idea to refresh your memory regarding what you liked about the company and the position - and what questions you might want to ask.

See these other pages on interviewing: