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Interview Basics: How to Prepare

Interview Basics: How to Prepare

December 13, 2017
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Interviews can be intimidating, but they don’t have to be. While it’s normal to be a little nervous, preparation can prevent anxiety and ensure that you feel confident throughout the entire process. Use our preparation checklist before your next interview and we know you’ll nail it!

  • Dress for Success
    • First impressions are crucial. Presenting yourself well will set you apart from other candidates and can solidify the tone for the entire interview process. Consider company culture when determining your interview attire, but be sure to dress professionally. While you don’t want to clash with the environment, it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.


  • Survey the Interview Location
    • The worst way to start an interview is by being late. Take the time to scout out your interview location the night before. Note parking options, traffic patterns, and other factors that could impact your commute. Keep in mind the that the traffic patterns may be different during the time of your interview, so leave yourself plenty of extra time to make the trip.


  • Do Your Research
    • Know the company. Check out the company’s website, social media sites, and any news articles about the organization. It’s important to understand the culture, how the company operates, opportunities for growth, company values, and big picture goals. Additionally, educate yourself on the industry if you’re not already familiar with it, as many interviews include industry-specific questions.
    • Know the interviewer. Research the individuals you’ll be interviewing with. Know their position, their relationship to the opportunity you’re interviewing for, and their role within the company. Being familiar with this background information will help to frame your answers to their interview questions.


  • Review Your Materials
    • Study the job description. While some position descriptions can be vague, they should at least provide you with a general idea of what the interviewer is looking for. Pay close attention to the job responsibilities and prepare specific examples of previous experiences that align with these tasks.
    • Know your resume. The interviewer will almost definitely ask about your resume, so it’s essential that you’re very familiar with it. Ensure that you’re prepared to answer any question about the skills and experience you’ve listed. Compare your resume with the job description and determine similarities; this will help you to make a strong case for your fit in the role.


  • Highlight your Organizational Skills
    • Bring supplies. Print out extra copies of your resume, provide samples of your work, make a list of references, and always bring a pen and notebook to take notes.


The only difference between a good interview and a great interview is preparation. Make preparation a priority before your next interview to ensure success.


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The Denzel Group is redefining the recruiting industry by utilizing market data, analytics, and consistent, candid communication with both our clients and candidates.