In this challenging economy, where the unemployment rate is high and there are many job seekers applying for the same few positions, it is especiially important to be prepared for the job interview.

Job Interview Preparation Steps

  1. Get the names and titles of the people doing the interview. Then do a Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Twitter search to gather information about each person. You want to find some common ground or interest for talking points during the interview.
  2. Complete thorough research on the company, their competitors and any recent positive news that you may bring up in the meeting.
  3. If you know people who work for the company; ask them what they think of the company's culture & position, and see if they have insight to the interviewers from a personality perspective.
  4. Now, after all your research is completed, compile your list of ten to fifteen questions that will separate you from the competition.

Vital Questions to Ask the Job Interviewer

  1. "In the first thirty, sixty and ninety days what projects would you like to have completed?" If you can ask this question very early on in the interview, you have the insight as to specifically what is most important to them.
  2. "What are your company and department goals for the year?" Everybody likes someone that is goal focused so, by asking this question, you will stand out as somebody who has a sincere interest in the company and department.
  3. "What challenges and opportunities is the company and department facing?" This question shows that you are interested in the company. This question also gives you an opportunity to differentiate yourself from the competition – an opportunity to provide valuable insight on how you would handle the situation.
  4. "What one skill would add the most value to your department?" By asking this question, you show that you are driven to be the best. You will distinguish yourself as someone that is willing to become a valuable asset to the department, go the extra mile and work hard.
  5. "What more can I tell you about myself to let you know that I am the right person for this job?". This question shows that you want the job. This question also shows that you want to make sure all questions have been answered thoroughly.

If you follow this advice, you will increase your chances of getting hired faster!