How to Prepare for the Interview

Great! You got an interview! Now what? You need to do your homework. Don’t try to wing it. You have to prepare extensively. Adele Scheele recommends the following ways to prep yourself successfully for an interview.

  • Expect the inevitable questions. Assume they do not remember your resume. This might include the following questions:

Why should we hire you?
Why do you want to work for our company?
What are your strengths/weaknesses?
What happened in your last job?
Do you have any questions for me?

  • For every question, have specific examples in your mind that you can use.

Practice doing this with a smile on your face, in front of a mirror.

  • Fully describe situations you were in and the outcomes. Use the “STAR” technique.


Situation: Describe your past work/project situation.

Task: What was the specific task you were working on?

Action: What action did you take?

Result:What was the result/outcome of the situation?

  • Self-evaluate and have an answer for why they should hire you.

Cite your talent, proven track record and contribution to your past teams or organizations.

  • Present yourself well.

Appearance – Show up neat and polished in professional attire. Find out how they dress and use it as your grooming guide.

Knowledge – You must show that you know about the organization, as well as the position you are applying for. Do an online comprehensive search of the company and gather as much information as possible.

  • Don’t forget the little things.

Know the location of where you’re going and how to get there, including parking.

Allow plenty of time to arrive. Don’t be late!
Print and bring multiple copies of your resume and references.

Check in with the people you are planning to list as a reference.

WAI Staff

Whitman Associates is a professional staffing agency serving businesses and job seekers in the Washington, D.C. area. Since 1972, we’ve been dedicated to matching highly qualified candidates with a wide variety of temporary, temp-to-hire and permanent positions. We prioritize the needs of both our clients and candidates to ensure successful, lasting relationships.