Ask Vicki: How should I prepare for my first job interview?

In this answer on Quora, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi explains the two things you must do to excel in a job interview.

Ask Vicki: How should I prepare for my first job interview?

Vicki Salemi

Each week, Monster’s career expert Vicki Salemi—a former recruiter who utilizes 15-plus years of experience in recruiting and human resources to empower job seekers—answers user questions on Quora. We’ll be republishing the answers here. If you have a question for Vicki, send it to socialmedia@monster.com.

Vicki Salemi

Q. How should I prepare for my first interview?

A. You can prepare for an interview in two crucial ways. First by nailing your own elevator pitch, your strengths, and why you’re a total asset to their company, and second, by understanding the organization you’re pursuing and how they fit into the industry as a whole.

Prepare by conducting mock interviews where you confidently speaking about your abilities, skills, experiences, accomplishments—everything that’s relevant to the job you’re pursuing.

In addition, spruce up your job-specific knowledge by reviewing the social media feeds of the companies you’re interviewing for. Then reread the specific job description and get the gist of the company’s corporate culture. Jot down any questions you may have—this is an absolute must.

An interview is your biggest opportunity to learn what an employer’s all about and to see if they’re a good fit for you.

Read Vicki Salemi's answer to "How should I prepare for my first interview?" on Quora.