Preparing for an Interview

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I’m Peter Jeffrey, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner at Wiley. I wanted to focus on a few tips on preparing and conducting your upcoming interview. 

The Job Advertisement

First, let’s specifically focus on analyzing the job advertisement of the role that you are interviewing for.  Hiring teams and recruiters’ partner to create an accurate job ad to find highly qualified candidates.   Most job ads will have sections outlining the skills and responsibilities associated with the role.   My recommendation is to turn each skill and responsibility into a question.  There will likely be a few interview questions relating to your unique experience answering how you can fulfill what the hiring team is looking for.   Write these questions and the answers out so that you are prepared to discuss your experience as it relates to every skill and responsibility that is outlined.

Answering Situational Questions

Second, weave results into answering situational questions.   One interview method is the STAR method.   STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result.  The result section should be how you end your answer, whether it’s a change that occurred on your team, a problem that was resolved or a sale that was made.  The result is an efficient way to end your answer. 

Company Research

Third, do your company research!   Before an interview – look at the company website, LinkedIn page and social media outlets.   Mention something that you have read during the interview.   Hiring managers love to see the extra initiative as it shows that you are genuinely interested in the company.

Questions for the Team

Fourth, come prepared with at least 3 questions for the team.   Going back to analyzing the job ad, that is a great place to find material that relates to your questions.  Focus on a specific skill or responsibility and create a question around that asking for more detail.   Ask about the working environment and company culture.  As a candidate you can be selective, you want to ask the right questions to ensure it’s the environment that satisfies what you are looking for.   Ask the hiring team about their experience such as what their favorite part of working for the company is.   The one thing you don’t want to do is not ask a single question.

Send a Thank You Note

Finally, send a Thank You note after your interview.  I suggest sending this the next workday morning so that the manager receives in their inbox during working hours.   A thank you note shows that you are indeed interested in the position after speaking to the team.  A hiring manger will be very excited after a positive interview to receive a note the next day confirming that that the candidate is on the same page.

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