How I prepare for job interviews (FREE 1-page interview prep sheet included)

Ah... the interview.

It's what stands between you and that glorious job that you want so bad.

The butterflies in my stomach have never left, even after sitting through so many.

The feeling I get when I interview is like showing up to a date and trying to sell yourself without coming off as too needy. Uncomfortable and tense.

I used to think it was me vs. the interviewer, where the interviewer had something I wanted, and I had to persuade him/her to get it.

But then I started to think, what if that's not the game at all?

What if, like in dating, you just considered yourself the prize? By understanding yourself so much, you walk into an interview confident that you're the right person for the job. If during the process you don't feel like it's a match anymore, you can break it off.

It's a hard belief to internalize but just knowing it helps.

How to Prepare for an Interview

I used to never know how to prep for an interview -- how many potential questions should I write, should I ask this, do I need to know this for the interview? 

It was messy and unstructured.

After reading Nail the Interview, Land the Job by Michelle Lederman (you can read my Amazon Review here), I created my own 1-page job interview prep worksheet to know what to talk about whenever I needed.

Here's my One-Page Job Interview Prep Worksheet:

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  1. Stage 1 is all about knowing what you want out of this role and portraying the top 3 qualities you want the interviewer to think about you.
  2. Stage 2 is for structuring how you want to answer the "tell me about yourself" question.
  3. Stage 3 is for nailing down specific stories that you want to have in the back of your pocket to showcase how you react to different experiences and what you learned. 
  4. Stage 4 is creating questions for the interviewer that show you are actually curious, self-aware, and confident about the job.
  5. Stage 5 is just some tips on how to end the interview powerfully and a reminder to always follow up.

Hope the worksheet helps!

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This is part of my Summer Book-a-Week Reading Challenge.

I'm going to be reading one book a week, writing an Amazon review, and relaying some actionable advice in a post every Thursday. I started with Nail the Interview, Land the Job by Michelle Lederman today. You can find my Amazon Review here.

Check out the rest of the books I'm reading here on my Portfolio page.