Professional Development
October 18, 2023

Preparing for an In-Person Interview

In-person interviews are coming back! This is the traditional format of interviewing where the candidate meets with the interviewer in-person + tips are very interchangeable as well between in-person and online interviews. Here are some tips on how to prepare for an in-person interview, on top of tips you can utilize online:

Preparing for an In-Person Interview

Plan your travel route: Plan your travel route and account for any delays that may occur. Aim to arrive at the location 10-15 minutes before the scheduled interview time. If you are in a busy area like Los Angeles or New York, counter for traffic and utilize Google Maps or Waze – even if you are used to a certain route … you never know!

Prepare your documents: Bring copies of your resume, cover letter, and any other supporting documents that may be relevant to the role. It’s recommended to also bring a pen, notepad, and folders in case of any documentations that you would need to carry or receive.

Practice your responses: Practice responding to common interview questions. This practice will help you feel more confident and comfortable during the actual interview.

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  • Prepare for common questions that align with your role: Prepare questions to ask the interviewer about the role, the company, and the team. Some common questions that you could ask: 
  • What is the career path for XYZ with XYZ time frame, and how is the role evaluated for a salary increase, bonus, or raise? 
  • What initiative are you most proud of working within the company within the past XYZ? What are you most looking forward to within the next 3 months?
  • What current racial inequality events are going on, and how the company promotes DEI? 
  • How is the onboarding process?

In conclusion, it is essential to prepare for both online and in-person interviews to increase your chances of success. With these tips, you can confidently navigate both formats and secure your dream job. Good luck!