re: Best ways to prepare for an interview? VIEW POST


Awesome. Hope the interview goes well!

For a first "meet and greet" type interview my advice is to research the company. Who they are, what they do, who their clients and/or what their products are and prepare a couple of questions about that. This will allow you to show that you prepared for the interview during it by asking something like "when I was reading your website I saw that you have X product/client/philosophy, it looks very interesting, can tell me more about that?".

I will also prepare questions about the role itself by reading the job description and asking some questions about the skills, experience, and type of person they are looking for. Not only find out more details, but when there are matches this gives the opportunity to mention that.

For example (web context): Q: "I see that you are looking for a back-end focused developer who can do some front-end as well, is that correct?" A: "Yes". Follow up statement: "Great, I used to be full stack but have been working in back-end focused roles for a few years, so that's definitely my area of strength".

Where possible I try to give examples of where I have used those skills or worked on similar projects, or with similar clients that they have.

Regardless of how much experience (or not) you may have, the key thing is to be positive and interested in them and what they do. If at the end of the interview you would still like to work for them, then say so - let them know that you are very interested and keen to progress to the next step of the interview process.

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