Acing the Interview

Section Two: Preparing for the Interview

Researching the employer can help you learn about the position and show the interviewer that you are prepared.

Interviewers need to believe that you want the job, so be prepared to answer questions about the company and its industry. Understand the position you applied for so that you are not surprised during the interview. Finding out more than the average interviewee will set you apart and make a lasting impression on the employer. Most information is readily available online through a company website, Google search, or news articles. Check out the company’s mission, financial reports, product development, logistics, etc. to get a well-rounded understanding. In the video to the right, observe as Daniel participates in an interview with a potential employer. Do you think Daniel is prepared? Why or why not?

Preparing for interview questions is a major factor in succeeding in an interview.

The majority of interviewing is comprised of answering questions, so it is important to prepare answers to potential questions ahead of time. Practicing commonly asked questions will help you be natural and sincere in your answers, while appearing organized and focused. Be aware that there are questions that employers are legally not allowed to ask in an interview. Any questions that reveal your age, race, national origin, gender, religion, marital status, or sexual orientation are off-limits. If you are asked any inappropriate questions, politely decline to answer. It is equally important to prepare questions to ask the interviewer and demonstrate that you have done your research. Make a list of five to ten questions because many of your questions will probably be answered during the interview. This will also help you decide whether the company is a good fit for you. Out of respect, you should not ask questions about salary or benefits until after an offer has been made or unless the interviewer brings up the subject.