In interviews, your job is to convince a recruiter that you have the skills, knowledge and experience for the job. Show motivation and convince a recruiter that you fit the organization's culture and job description, and you get that much closer to an offer.
7-Step Interview Prep Plan
1. Research the organization.
This will help you answer questions — and stand out from less-prepared candidates.
2. Compare your skills and qualifications to the job requirements.
Upload your resume to job sites. Some sites allow job seekers to upload their resumes to a central database that recruiters can search. Load your resume with keywords that are relevant to your job search. If you're a computer programmer, make sure you include references to the languages you use. Save your resume as a word processing program file before uploading it to job sites. Some applicant tracking systems can't scan PDF or TIFF files. Uploading your resume in files such as these could result in employers being unable to find you.
Set up one, well-put-together social media profile to sell yourself to potential employers. "The Wall Street Journal" advises that one decent social media page is far more effective than multiple half-finished ones. Krista Canfield, a spokesperson for professional social network LinkedIn, notes: "Just signing up for an account simply isn't enough. At a bare minimum, make sure you're connected to at least 35 people and make sure your profile is 100 percent complete."
Check out the recruitment pages of companies you'd like to work for. Not all firms use job sites, so you could miss an opportunity if you're not proactive in your efforts to find work.