How to prepare for a job interview: a step-by-step guide


Good preparation seems to be essential to a successful job interview.  We summarized top tips provided by job searching experts and outlined the most important stages in the preparation process.

Step 1.  Know yourself

Such questions as “tell me about yourself” or “let’s talk about your CV” are normally asked by every employer and it seems to be relevant to prepare for them beforehand. Think about 2-3 minutes response that can summarize your overall experience and show how you got to your current career position.

Step 2. Research the potential employer

“Why do you want to work for us?” is another million-dollar question that is usually asked by recruiters. In this case, the key to success lies in through company’s research.  Take the time to examine its homepage, recent news articles, and social media channels and see what information you can gather.  Such sites as Glass Door and The Job Crowd may also give you useful insights into corporate culture.

Step 3.  Re-read a job description  

Read carefully through the job and candidate specifications and requirements and consider relevant experiences that demonstrate the skills and knowledge you gained.

Step 4. Be prepared for tricky questions

Questions like “What are your weaknesses?” may confuse a potential candidate. Find out the format of the interview beforehand, prepare a sample list of standard questions and consider how you are going to answer it.


Remember that job hunting is a two-way process; as well as the company needs to find out if you are right for them, you must also assess if they are right for you.

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Valeriya Polevikova

Marketing Assistant at Unius

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