3 Last Minute Interview Tips To Get Prepared

Got called in for an interview last minute? Need some helpful tips on how to prepare? We’re here to help. If you don’t have a lot of time to prepare, you’ll need to use that to your advantage.

The first thing you need to do is estimate how much time you have to prepare? Do you have a day? An hour? 30-minutes? This will all determine what types of things you can do to get prepared.

You Have One Day To Prepare

If you have one day to prepare for your interview, that should be more than enough time. Consider the most difficult interview questions that you’ll be asked and be sure that you are preparing for them.

The most difficult interview questions that’ll be asked are:

Those are some of the most difficult questions that you’ll be asked which you should be prepared for. Be sure that you are looking through recent news about the company so that you can answer questions related to that.

What you should know:

That should give you a good start into knowing the current status of the company. So when you are questioned about the industry, the company itself or the values of the business, you’ll be able to answer.

If You Have 1 Hour Or 30 Minutes

If you only have a limited amount of time to prepare, the same questions above will still apply. But you’ll have far less time to make sure that you’re able to answer them correctly. The best thing you can do is to prepare yourself about the company itself. Try to fill in all the gaps related to the company, as that will be most important.

The information that you should know is:

By knowing all of that information, you’ll seem as though you have a high degree of interest in the company and the industry that the company is in. That will make you appear as knowledgable as you can be with the limited amount of time that you have.

When Asked Tough Interview Questions

Your delivery for difficult interview questions simply won’t be as good as others. But that’s okay. If you got called in for a last minute interview, that means the company is struggling to find good candidates. If they’re struggling to find good candidates, you can use that to your advantage. Here are some ways you can do that.

Use personality to your advantage

Try to be extremely friendly. If you can, be light-hearted, smile often, shake everyone's hand. Be the person that everyone will remember by their personality. Because you simply won’t be prepared enough to impress them with your interview answers.

Use the last minute interview to your advantage

If the future employer asked you to come to perform an interview last minute, they’re going to understand that you aren’t going to be very prepared. Use that to your advantage. When the interviewers ask you a question that you might not feel prepared for, answer with, “Since this interview was set up fairly last minute, I wasn’t as prepared as I’d like to be, I want to ensure I give you a well-informed answer to that question, can I get back to you?”

That will essentially delay the interview answer until a later date, which is absolutely fine. The business will need to be flexible similar to how they asked you to be flexible with the timing of the interview. Be sure you don’t answer with that too frequently. You’ll need to have some answers that are appropriately answered to the questions. But if you must, rely on that simple trick to get more time on your response.

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams.

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