Mastering the Job Interview

By Mariana Ashley

When you come out of college, it is important to be ready and prepared for the job search that is ahead of you. But this is more than just knowing how to put together a cover letter or constructing a strong resume, it’s about that middle moment in between applying and being hired, i.e. the job interview.

Interviews are critical to getting hired because they let an organization know the type of person you are. While there are numerous classes on how to best acquire a job interview – preparing for the interview itself is a whole other animal. Here are a few tips to get your started:

Understand the company. Go beyond the general information you can find on the company’s website “about us” page and dig deep to find any future business plans or what is going on in the company right now. Being well informed on the company’s future demonstrates that you should be part of that future.

Ask for a job description. Find out precisely what is going to be expected of you early on and later down the road. This information has the ability to motivate you even more or perhaps discourage you from a position that may not be the right start for your career.

Know your interviewer. When you receive an invitation to come in for an interview, always ask for the interviewer’s name and title. You want to walk into the room knowing who will be sitting across the desk from you so you can research them in advance as well.

Practice. Finally, when you are preparing for the range of questions you may be asked, analyze your own answers as if you were in the interviewer’s shoes. Practicing with a friend or family member can help you get an idea of how you are coming across and let you know if you should reword some of your answers.

As always, different employers are looking for different attributes out of their job candidates, but knowing how to present yourself well in an interview can make all the difference between college grad and employed young professional.

Mariana Ashley is a freelance writer who particularly enjoys writing about online colleges. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be directed in the comments section below or to

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