When preparing for a job interview, there’s really only two things you need to know. What do you want and what do they want?
Research the company
You need to spend some time, some real time looking over the company’s website, interviewing individuals who have worked there – if they’re available, or just looking at what people have said about their work experience. This will be a great start in identifying if it’s a place that works for you.
Know the job description
Likely, if you’re applying for the job, you’ve looked at the job description and you know if you meet their qualifications. But I’m gonna let you in on a secret…
Very few employers write job descriptions in an effective way.
They almost never know what they want. They just know what tasks need to be performed.
But at the end of the day, they’re not just hiring somebody to perform a task.
They’re hiring a coworker.
Remember that it isn’t “just a job”
You need to figure out if you are the coworker they need and if they are the place you want to work.
And it’s okay if they’re not the right fit for you or if you’re not the right fit for them.
But you’ll only know that if you spend some real time getting to know them and getting to know yourself.
When you enter that interview, you want to ask meaningful questions that will help you get at the heart of what they’re looking for. You need to be able to know them and yourself well enough to be able to decide if you’re the person they need or if you need to move on and find somewhere else to work.