The interview process can feel stacked in favor of the employer.
But that isn’t necessarily the case if you come prepared with interview questions and answers.
I encourage veterans to realize that their time is as valuable as a potential employer and to enter the interview process with that understanding.
I’m not advocating that veterans approach the experience with arrogance but with a sense of confidence about what they offer and how to communicate their expectations. We see a lot of typical job interview questions that seem to be standard protocol, the goal is preparation!
The interview process is a two-way street that should give both you and the potential employer a sense of what the other can offer. Master the 5 things to do to prepare for a job interview to increase your chances of getting hired and WIN the dreaded interview process.
You can get the ball rolling at the upcoming G.I. Jobs Virtual Career Expo, where you can chat one-on-one with recruiters looking to hire veterans. Registration is free, but seats are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot at the link below today!
Research is one of the first things you do when preparing for a job interview. Either before or as soon as a company has scheduled an interview with you, look up the company and do some in-depth research. You want to establish a couple of things:
Credibility – On a very basic level, is this a company you can verify as relevant and trustworthy?
Company history – What are the origins of the company and what direction does it look like it’s headed?
Work they have accomplished – What kind of work have they produced and who did they partner with in order to get it done? Are these affiliates you’d like to partner with? Consider any possible conflicts of interest.
This can give you a few advantages. First, before you even head out in the car you can evaluate the likelihood of candidacy they will have for YOU. Think of this as a way of scanning their résumé. Second, you arrive to the interview further prepared and knowledgeable.