Job interview preparation is essential to make interviewing for jobs easier. If they are ready, reviewed their checklist, and know their talking points, they are more likely to go into the interview confident. They need to have prepared for different interview techniques and answers. It helps to be relaxed during a job interview, and a good way to do that is to be well prepared for the different types of interviews a person may encounter.

It's not a bad idea to review interview techniques to keep up to date on techniques and methods. This help if one is going to change careers, or jobs.

How to Prepare For a Job Interview

To prepare for a job interview, find out all you can about the company and the job position before the interview. Know what the company does and study their competitors if possible. Know what the position applied for entails, and enough about it to ask good questions. Prepare and review answers for possible questions that the interviewer might ask. Prepare a checklist and follow it. Read books on employment interview techniques. Be well dressed and relaxed when going in for the interview.

Tell Me About Yourself

Often the interviewer asks the question, “Tell me about yourself.” This is the perfect time to use a prepared presentation to tell about yourself. In about two minutes, the interviewee will tell of experience, strengths, why they are looking for a job, accomplishments, and what position you are looking for. It’s best to end with a question. It’s also an opportunity to use the two-minute speech when there’s “dead air.” Dead air makes an interviewee feel pressed to say something, and end up babbling. The prepared statement solves the dead air problem.

Behavioral Interviews

The focus of behavioral based interview is for the interviewer to ask the applicant employment focused questions. How a person handled problems in the past, which gives an indication about how the applicant will handle problems in the future. Behavioral interview questions often start with describe, give me a specific example, or how did you accomplish a certain goal and the results you achieved. The answer would state the situation, the objective that needed to be reached, and what you did to solve the problem and the results.

Situational Interviews

Situational, competency and case techniques are similar. Only the names change. These involve a “what would you do if..?” question. It is harder to prepare for the situational interview, but there are questions that can be anticipated, and prepared material been can be used. With preparation, the applicant can draw from other areas he prepared.

Case Interview

A question is asked about a problem, and the applicant goes through the thought process with the interviewer by asking questions. The object is to ask the interviewer questions to help understand the problem. The questions are to be in progression that will be deep enough to get enough good answers to understand the problem well enough to reach a conclusion. It is harder to prepare for the case interview technique. The best idea is to remain calm.

Stress Interview

The stress interview technique isn’t as popular as it once was. Often the interviewer will leave the applicant waiting until long after the scheduled appointment. The theory is to irritate the applicant, insult them, question their judgment, and tell them their answer is stupid. Often the interviewer will leave long periods of silence during the interview. The applicant needs to realize the technique and remain calm. The interviewer may ask questions of absolutely no relevance to the job or other questions that border on absurdity to rattle the applicant.

Team Interview

A team interview is one where a candidate is interviewd by a group of people. This may be done as a group or one at a time sequentually. This type of interview can be stressful for the person being interviewed. Again, preperation is the key. Being prepared for a wide range of questions will help alleviate the stress.

Brain Teaser Interview

Brain teaser interview are those where the interviewer asks logic questions. Many of these are impossible to answer, such as how golf balls fit in a school bus. The answer can't be determened without some experimentation, but is used to observe the thought process.

Wrap It Up

When preparing for a job interview, rehearse as much as you can without sounding memorized. That is good advice for covering any job interview technique. Then it’s time to wrap it up and seal the deal. To paraphrase the old show business saying, “leave them so they want to call you back.”

After The Interview

Review the interview and make notes afterward. Identify weak spots, and try to find ways to improve. Make a list of the questions to keep in a folder for future reference. Make certain to send a thank you letter to keep your name fresh with them.