There are three areas of expertise that you will need to bring with you to an interview: about the organization, about yourself, and about the specific tasks, duties, and responsibilities that they ask for in the job description. I suggest that you prepare in equal parts for each.
- About the organization. Spend time going well beyond the information that you can find out about this organization from their website. Try to learn who their competitors are, how they position themselves in their industry, whether they have been in the news lately and for what. Follow them on social media.
- About yourself. Spend an equal quantity of time writing and reflecting on your past experiences. You can go through your resume, crafting some polished examples to talk about that reflect your expertise around the
- About the specific tasks, duties, and responsibilities mentioned in the job description. Think about any and all experiences that you have which speak to these. IIf there are any software platforms or skills listed there with which you are unfamiliar, do some research.
Have friends and family play the part of your interviewers
Find out the names of the people who are going to be interviewing you if possible and recruit some friends and colleagues, and a mentor if possible to play the parts of these individuals for your interview. Ask them to do a bit of character research by sharing with them any information that you may already have about these folks as well as information that you can gather about them via the organization’s website, LinkedIn, etc.
Let them come up with questions
If you frame the task to them as helping you as much as possible by anticipating the kinds of questions that these individuals might ask based on their background and interests, they are likely to come up with questions that you may not have ever thought of.
Tell them What to Pay Attention for in your answers!
Ask friends and family to pay attention for ways that you may be approaching questions or responses from the perspective of a student (for example, seeming to be looking for guidance or asking for permission rather than working independently, taking initiative).
A major focus of this blog is enacting a crucial shift in perspective, and I would argue that the job interview (while key to enacting this transition) is actually best approached as an opportunity to show that you have already enacted this shift. So, take the mock interview as a chance to practice!
Set up your mock interview at lest a couple days before the actual interview so that you can have time to integrate the suggestions that you receive, and leave time to do some additional research or work to prepare as necessary!!!