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Why preparation and research could change your interview game

Pictogram of two humans having an interview.

Guangtai Wei

by Guangtai Wei

3rd-Year Student in Marketing

Preparing for an interview can be a stressful process. If you do, do it right: it could make a huge difference in your performance. Here are a few tips that could help you to ace your next interview.

Anticipate the questions

Go over the job posting word by word and highlight the keywords. Find out the key skills the employer is looking for, then list out your qualities that fit the interviewers’ expectations. Try to integrate these qualities in your answers. Start with the generic, ubiquitous questions such as “Tell me about yourself” and “What skills and abilities do you bring to this job?” Then move on to more specific questions related to the employer and/or the position.

Show enthusiasm

This means much more than simply smiling at the interviewers. It is also important to research the organization’s background, culture, and recent initiatives (explore their media page). Make sure to read their vision and mission statements as well as their career page. Find out some points that interest you and make sure to bring them up at the interview.

Prepare your own questions

Interviews are not only meant for interviewers to ask you questions and find out if you are the right candidate. They are also an opportunity for you to determine if the position in question is the right opportunity for you and if the organization is a good fit for you as a candidate. Asking the right questions is also a great way to demonstrate your knowledge of, and interest in, the field. Make sure to ask 2 or 3 thoughtful questions at the end of your interviews and use this opportunity to learn more about the organization’s culture, expectations, and development plans.

Want to receive expert advice on you to prepare for job interviews? Book an appointment on Interview Preparation and Techniques with the Career Centre Professional Development Coordinator through Career Launch.