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Prepare for an interview

In interviews, your job is to convince a recruiter that you have the skills, knowledge and experience for the job. Show motivation and convince a recruiter that you fit the organization's culture and job description, and you get that much closer to an offer.


7-Steps Interview Prep Plan

1. Research the organization.

This will help you answer questions — and stand out from less-prepared candidates.

·     Seek background information. 

  • Visit the organization’s website to ensure that you understand the breadth of what they do.
  • Review the organization's background and mission statement.
  • Assess their products, services and client-base.
  • Read recent press releases for insight on projected growth and stability.

·     Get perspective

Review trade or business publications. Seek perspective and a glimpse into their industry standing.

·     Develop a question list.

Prepare to ask about the organization or position based on your research.

2. Compare your skills and qualifications to the job requirements.

·       Analyze the job description. Outline the knowledge, skills and abilities required.

·       Examine the hierarchy. Determine where the position fits within the organization.

·       Look side-by-side. Compare what the employer is seeking to your qualifications.

3. Prepare responses.

Most interviews involve a combination of resume-based, behavioral and case questions. We encourage you to meet with us to practice telling your story in the best possible way.

4. Plan what to wear.

·       Go neutral. Conservative business attire, such as a neutral-colored suit and professional shoes, is best.

·       Err formal. If instructed to dress “business casual,” use good judgment.

·       Plug in that iron. Make sure your clothes are neat and wrinkle-free.

·       Dress to impress. Be sure that your overall appearance is neat and clean.

5. Plan what to bring.

·       Extra copies of your resume on quality paper

·       A notepad or professional binder and pen

·       A list of references

·       Information you might need to complete an application

·       A portfolio with samples of your work, if relevant

6. Pay attention to non-verbal communication.

·       Be mindful. Nonverbal communication speaks volumes.

·       Start ahead. Remember that waiting room behaviors may be reported.

·       Project confidence. Smile, establish eye contact and use a firm handshake.

·       Posture counts. Sit up straight yet comfortably. Be aware of nervous gestures such as foot-tapping.

·       Be attentive.  Don't stare, but maintain good eye contact, while addressing all aspects of an interviewer's questions.

·       Respect their space. Do not place anything on their desk.

·       Manage reactions. Facial expressions provide clues to your feelings. Manage how you react, and project a positive image.

7. Follow up.

Many interviews end with “Do you have any questions?”

·       Bring a list. You may say, “In preparing for today's meeting, I took some time to jot down a few questions. Please allow me to review my notes.”


·       Be strategic. Cover information not discussed or clarify a previous topic — do not ask for information that can be found on the organization’s website.

o   In your opinion, what makes this organization a great place to work?

o   What do you consider the most important criteria for success in this job?

o   Tell me about the organization’s culture.

o   How will my performance be evaluated?

o   What are the opportunities for advancement?

o   What are the next steps in the hiring process?


Edited by: Yemen Career Team

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