How the heck do you prepare for a job interview?
It is impossible to know what questions you will be asked.
I hear that a lot in my career coaching practice. Relax, it is not that complicated if you act on these three points:
- The average person will hold 12 jobs over a 32-year career, according to research. This equates to 30 to 50 interviews in a lifetime. Every time you are interviewed, make a list of the questions. You are going to hear the same questions over and over.
- Screening interviews focus on your experience and chronological career progression. Identify one or two accomplishments from each job. If there are employment gaps, be prepared with a succinct explanation. If there is a question you hope they don’t ask, be prepared with your answer
- Look at the job summary. That is your roadmap for issues the employer will want to explore. Make a list of questions you would ask if you were conducting the interview. That, too, can be a good guide for your preparation.