How to prepare effectively for a job interview?

A job interview is a very important and mandatory event in the life of any man. Before going there, you must be properly prepared from all angles. This article discusses some of the key points for a successful job interview.

Prepare for common interview questions

Every "how to interview" book contains a list of a hundred or more "common interview questions". So how do you prepare? First, eliminate the stress. To find out how to do this, you could look here.

Choose any list and think about the questions you are most likely to encounter, given your age and status (about to graduate, looking for a summer internship). Then, prepare your answers so you don't have to fumble during the interview.

Clarify your "selling points

Going to a job interview is like going to sell your skills to a company. Be prepared to approach each interview with three to five key selling points in mind, such as what makes you the best candidate for the job. Have an example of each selling point ready.

And be prepared to tell the interviewer why you want the job, including what interests you about the position, the rewards it offers that you find attractive, and the capabilities it requires you to possess. If your interviewer doesn't think you're really, really interested in the position, they won't make you an offer, no matter how good you are!

Be on the same side as your interviewer

Many recruiters view job interviews as a confrontation: Candidates will try to wrestle an offer from the interviewer, and the interviewer's job is to keep it. Your job is to turn this "tug of war" into a relationship in which you're both on the same side.

You could say something as simple as, "I welcome the chance to learn more about your company and let you learn more about me, so we can see if we're a match or not."