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Marble Jar Gang Career Counseling: Interview Preparation

The basic premise or formula is to recognize that when your skills + traits + behaviors are placed in the right environment the outcome will give you a greater chance of success and happiness in your work. 

Part 1- The Preparation

Before you sit face-to-face with the company representative you will need to spend a few hours in preparation. This post is about getting ready for that appearance. Now, let’s get ready.

TIPS for your pre-interview-prep:

1. Become a part of the company culture by checking out everything you can on social media and their website. This is more than googling the company statistics; looking at what employees are saying on blogs, tweet and potential colleagues on LinkedIn. Shop them in person as a customer to understand the consumer experience, product demonstration and even buy something if relevant. We do not think it matters what department your role is, the end result is creating a better experience for the user. Being a customer, when applicable, is your first step.

2. Get all the names and titles of the staff you will be interviewing with and learn about their history on LinkedIn, looking for common experiences or interests. These pieces of info become great conversation and help keep the chat moving. You can get these names and titles from your recruiter who will most likely help in facilitating the meetings.

3. Know which types of interviews you will be having. A traditional is one on one, sit down face to face. Skype/Facetime Skype is becoming more common and that means making sure your technology is up-to-date and your surroundings conducive to the company image. An interview over a meal is always a good sign as they want to know how you are outside the office. Our advice is to look at the menu online and order food that is chewed quickly, isn’t eaten with fingers and is less likely to stick to your teeth (basic but important to consider). The group interview can turn into a firing squad of questions. Know the decision makers and connect with them using eye contact and positive gestures.

4. Prepare to answer the standard questions “Tell me about yourself”, “What are your greatest weaknesses” “Why did you choose this company/role?” “What do you think you will bring to the position?”. Practice answering these in front of a mirror, it works!

5. Plan the outfit. Ask for advice from the recruiter or a friend who works there. Look for a good fit when seated as well as standing. Get the hair trimmed, check your nails, be polished in all the little details. Clean out handbags and briefcases, look organized.

6. Print 5 copies of the resume, prepare a reference list to hand over if requested. For a deeper dive into references check out

7. Review your notes right before you go to sleep which helps the mind assimilate the info. Sleep well. It helps you in so many ways!

Your homework is to complete steps 3 and 4 as they can be done ahead of time. Congratulations…One more marble in your jar!

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