When you’re prepping yourself for an interview, there are a few things you should keep in mind.  For example, remembering that it is just as important for you to be happy with the company and the position, as they are to hire you. Keep in mind factors such as the commute time, the hours, the company size, as well as how you feel about the position itself. Here are a few questions to ask yourself beforehand.

What is Your Goal?

Ask yourself, what do I want out of accepting this position? What is my goal? Maybe you are looking for a higher salary, new technical skills, experience at a larger company or you’re accepting this position temporarily. What stood out to you? Regardless of the qualifications, many companies look for candidates who are genuinely invested.

What Makes You a Valuable Candidate?

Answering this question will help you determine what separates you from other candidates, and what value you can bring to the company. If you know that you have extra technical skills or leadership skills that will be beneficial for the position, those are the traits that help make you valuable as a candidate. However, if there are various qualifications you lack, you know going forward you may not get offered the position, which puts less pressure on the interview – and that’s ok! Knowing that ahead of time, is important.

Do You Want This Job?

Are you eager to join this company? Is this a job that you are genuinely excited about? Maybe to move your career forward, or learn something new? Or are you just looking for work and this is a great opportunity? Determining whether you actually desire this role will motivate you to ask certain questions.

Do You Need The Job?

If you need this job, whether it be due to an increase in income, or to keep your skills relevant, etc, whatever the reason, this can affect your decision-making process. You want to be sure you run through the previous questions – before asking yourself this one. The more we want something the more vulnerable we become. If you need the job but don’t necessarily want the job, consider how you can make this a positive experience. Even if it is only temporary, or for the income, it’s a crucial realization going into an interview.