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How did you prepare for this interview?

9 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

The interviewer is putting you on the spot just slightly! They want to hear the steps that you took to prepare for your interview today. The wrong answer is that you are winging it! Even if you did not have a lot of time to prep for the meeting, or it was a last-minute booking, chances are you still took the time to search the company online or read through the job description. You can be brief and quickly touch on the ways that you prepared for the meeting.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I prepared for this interview by researching your company history, and the job description provided to me. I am confident in my candidacy for this role and look forward to showing you my skill set."

Admin
Answer example

"Since booking this interview yesterday, I have been researching online, both your company history, your reviews, and the requirements of this role."

Manager
Answer example

"I am well versed in what your company offers and have spoken with a couple of my friends who have worked for your organization in the past. Also, I updated my resume for you since the one you found online was slightly outdated."

Marketing
Answer example

"I have brought a fresh and updated portfolio of my work for you today. Also, I reviewed the job description in full, and I have a couple of questions prepared, which I would like to discuss at the end of our meeting if time allows."

Retail
Answer example

"Your organization is one that I have had my eye on for some time now. I am well aware of your company history and took some time this week to get to know your new product line. I feel well prepared for our meeting today."

Sales
Answer example

"I am aware that you launched a new brand this year, so I have taken significant time to learn about this new brand. I have watched YouTube videos and tutorials on your sales process as well."

Teacher
Answer example

"I know your school district well, and the neighborhood also. I have spent time researching the student body demographics and feel very prepared to discuss how my background will positively support the goals and mission of this school."

Journalist
Answer example

"I have brought a fresh and updated portfolio of my work for you today. Also, I reviewed the job description in full, and I have a couple of questions prepared, which I would like to discuss at the end of our meeting if time allows."

Pharmaceutical Sales
Answer example

"I was invited by a friend, and Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, to shadow him for the last 3 months. I was able to observe his interactions with administrative staff and medical professionals. It not only confirmed that I wanted to be in Pharmaceutical Sales but I also gained a mentor."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 08/22/2018
Last modified on: 01/27/2019
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