By Christy Eichelberger
Whether you're preparing for your first interview or you've been on more
than you can count, your end goal is always the same- you want to get the job. Having
a successful job interview is an essential step in getting hired for a job, and
no matter how many interviews you have been on, you can't be too
Everyone has personal strengths and weaknesses, but it's how you present
yourself that makes the difference in the interview. Whether you have a disability
or not, job interviews are tough for everyone. Each interview that you
get will require you to put in some time and effort preparing ahead of time.
One of the most important things you can do to prepare for an interview
is to review some of the most commonly asked interview questions and practice your
responses to them. Having good responses prepared ahead of time will not only
help ease your nerves when it comes time for the interview, but will also
enable you to answer with more polished and well thought out responses. Focus
on answering questions as directly as possible and making sure that your
responses completely answer the questions asked. Whenever possible, you should
also do your best to make sure your answers relate to the position for which
you are interviewing.
Another important step in preparing for an interview is to
research the company ahead of time and be prepared to ask some of your own questions.
During the interview you should be able to show that you know something about
the company and the importance of the position for which you are interviewing.
Researching the company ahead of time might also give you an idea of some
questions you might want to ask about the company, its competitors, or the
position you're applying for.
In addition to practicing your responses to interview
questions and researching the company ahead of time, there are a few other
things to keep in mind in order to be prepared. Make sure to print out a few
extra copies of your resume to bring with you to the interview, as well as any
relevant samples of your work. Plan out what you are going to wear ahead of
time, and know where you're going and who you will be meeting once you arrive. If
you require special accommodations, make sure you let the company know at least
a couple of weeks ahead of time.
Employers take interviews very seriously, so make sure you
arrive a few minutes early. This will show them that you respect their time and
you are serious about getting the job. Turn off your cell phone before going
into the interview and make sure you are completely focused on the interviewer.
For those who have a disability, the interview process can
be both challenging and intimidating. But keep in mind that it's also intimidating
for the interviewer, especially if they don't have a lot of experience
communicating with someone with a disability. They might be worried that they will
say or do the wrong thing or that they won't be able to communicate effectively
during the interview.
To ease any anxiety, it's important for the job seeker to
know that the interviewer is doing his or her best to communicate, and as the interview goes
on, it will get easier for both of you.
View each interview as a learning experience,
and even if you don't get the job, you will take away something that will help
you on the next interview. For additional assistance preparing for an
interview, visit GettingHired.com's free online interview training course.