One way to improve your ability to interview well is to prepare ahead of time for common interview questions. Here are three steps to take to be prepared and ready when it is game time.

1. Stop to think about what questions you are likely to face
You never really know what questions are going to come up but there are some that are very common so it can be very productive to simply stop to think about what questions you can anticipate. When you go through this exercise, make a list of each question that you think of.

You may be thinking that you do not know what questions to anticipate and building a list of questions may be tough. Here are some tips to help with that.

Consider the categories of questions
The interviewer is likely to ask you interview questions that scan different areas so that he or she can fully evaluate you. The different areas that will be covered are pretty easy to predict – previous work experience, personal background, personality traits/tendencies, and future direction (goals, career preferences, etc.).

To help you to build your list of interview questions to anticipate, go through each of those areas and think about what the interviewer might ask or want to know. Think about what they may ask about your past work experience, about the direction you want to go from here, etc.

Look for an external list of questions
If you are still having trouble thinking of questions that might come up, simply perform some searching on the internet or look for job interviewing books and you will get plenty of questions to work with.

2. Compose your answers to some of the questions
Once you have a list of potential questions put together, go through and compose some answers to them. At a minimum, you should compose answers in your head by organizing your thoughts on how you would answer. But if you want to be completely prepared, you can actually write out answers to each question on a piece of paper.

Being prepared with answers ahead of time is a good step forward. But being prepared with the RIGHT answers to questions is a great step forward. When composing your answers, consider what the interviewer is likely looking for in an ideal candidate and try to develop answers that align with that.

3. Practice your questions and answers
Want to really perform well during the interview? Take this last step and that is to actually practice the questions and answers.

You could do this by yourself by talking a loud in a room or in front of a mirror. The key here is to speak out loud as you practice. This is what will really help you to not only get your energy and tonality right, but also help you to better memorize your answers.

Or if you have someone that can actually role-play with you and ask you the questions and have you answer them like in a real interview setting, that is even better.


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