Whether it’s for a phone interview, or an in-person one, creating an interview prep cheat sheet can be very helpful. Just as prepping for how to answer interview questions like “Tell me about yourself” makes you more confident and self-assured, an interview prep cheat sheet will help keep you on the right track. Here are 5 points that all interview prep sheets should include:
1) First, print out the job description of the position you are interviewing for. Next to each of the responsibilities bullet-pointed in the description, jot down specific examples of how you’ve performed each task. You won’t necessarily have to recite each one, but you never know which expectations of the role (and your experience) are going to be discussed.
2) On your resume, next to each job, list the following:
– Skills you developed in the position
– What you loved most about it
– A successful project you completed that you’re most proud
– A difficult project or near miss that you’d love another shot at
3) Make note of why you transitioned from one job to the next. More money is not a good enough reason, so highlight a skill you were hoping to gain or enhance through the new role.
4) Have at least 3 questions prepared to ask the interviewer about the role and their company.
5) List one major reason why you want to work for the company, aside from the actual position itself. For example, the company’s philosophy on community investment.
We all assume we know how to talk about our previous work experience because we lived it. However, recalling specific information, even successes, is not always easy and looking at the past as a prep for the interview is often overlooked. You don’t want to be caught off guard when asked to give specific examples from your previous work experience and sound less than articulate when detailing your career growth.
Let’s assume you have the skills to perform the job at hand successfully. This is your interview to win or lose. What will differentiate you from the other equally-qualified candidates is how you present your story and how well you communicate that your experiences are the ones that will make you the perfect candidate.
– Michele Mavi