Answered by Meredith, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Monday, March 4, 2019
Congratulations on moving forward to an interview! Depending on the type of interview (phone, in person, video), there are ways you can prepare yourself. Start by doing research on the company. Search for the company in the news, brush up on what types of services the company provides, what they produce, how many employees, locations, etc. Before your interview, ask the person setting it up if they can provide you with the name(s) of the individuals you'll be meeting with. Look them up on LinkedIn to see if you have common connections or similarities in your school, work experience or background. Being able to show that you've done your research will make a valuable impression! Be prepared to share why you want to work for the company, why you want THAT job, why YOU are the best fit for the job (pull in examples from your research and be prepared to talk about examples of your past successes). If you have data to back up how you have been successful, be prepared to discuss that. If this is your first job, that's okay! Share successes you had in school - reference group projects, internships, co-ops, publications, research, etc. One of the best ways to prepare before your interview is to record yourself or do a mock interview with someone you trust and ask for their honest feedback. Watching yourself on video or getting feedback can help you eliminate bad habits during interview conversations, from saying "um" to avoiding eye contact to giving long-winded answers, watching yourself can be extremely helpful. Good luck!!