How to prepare for a job interview - Mind Map

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How to prepare for a job interview

Landing your dream job can be a challenging process. How to prepare for a job interview? Make it effortless using this interview mind map template.

Start by performing research on the company and role. Prove that you are really interested in this job and outline what led you to apply for it. Take into account facts about the company, as well as your motivation, knowledge, and the value you will bring.

Consider why you are interviewing and identify your qualifications: what are your strengths, weaknesses, and skills that differentiate you from other candidates. Describe your experience and highlight the accomplishments from your previous and/or your current job. Any interviewer will be interested in finding out what are your abilities and what is value and expertise you are going to deliver to the company.

Last but not least, specify a few details about your personality, hobbies, and ambitions. The recruiter will definitely want to know your short term and long term goals, as well as your vision about the future.

Company name

Type in the name of the company you are going to have an interview with.


How ambitious are you?

My vision about the future

Where and how do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Type in the answers.

Long-term Goals

What are your long-term goals ?

Type them in.

Long-term goal
Short-term Goals

What are your short-term goals ?

Type them in.

Short-term goal

Previous/ Current Job


What experience have you got from your previous jobs? Make sure you specify all your previous work experience, part-time jobs, vacation jobs, voluntary work, and unpaid work experience that are relevant for the position you are applying for.

Describe a typical work day in your previous/current position.

Typical day
Reason for leaving

Why will/did you leave your existing/last job?


The Job

Do you fully understand what this position implies?

After you've made some research on the company, read the job description thoroughly, and try to fully understand what your responsibilities will be.

My first steps

What would you do on the first day?
What about the first week(s)? Fill in some of the actions that you are planning to take.


What do you think the main challenges will be?

Type them in.


What will be your main tasks?

Type them in.



Self Image

How would you describe yourself?

Type in a short description.

Describe yourself

What are your hobbies?

What do you like to do in your free time? What was the last film you saw or the last book you read? Think of the activities that relax you the most. Fill in several hobbies.



Are you qualified for this position?

Interviewers will want to know whether or not you are able to do the job.

Answer the questions from this section and see if you are the right person for this position.

Hire me because:

What is the most compelling reason you should be hired?

Compelling hiring reason
Differentiating aptitudes

What can you do for this job that other candidates can't? Why?

Differentiating aptitude
Observed by my colleagues, superiors

Which qualities were easily observed by your colleagues and/or your former/existing boss?

Type them in.

Observed qualities

What are your weaknesses?


stubbornoverly critical, can't accept authoritytoo demandingtoo talkativetoo quiettoo sensitivelacking assertivenesslacking social tact

How do you work on overcoming these weaknesses?

Type in a short explanation.


What strengths qualify you for this job?


ambitiousgood communicatorfocuseddeterminedadaptablecuriousoptimisthard workerhonestpoliteco-operativeself motivatedenthusiasticgood leaderstrategic thinkerquick learnerflexiblegood problem solver


Why do you think you have this strength?

Give an example.

The Employer

Research the company

You should find and learn as much as you can about the company where you are having an interview.

The interviewer will want to see what you know about them and why you chose the company.

Doing your homework will show that you are really interested.

Main goal and vision

What do you know about the company's main goal and vision?

Type in the answer.


What do you know about the history of the company?

Type in a short description.

Company history


What kind of innovations does this company have?

Type in several examples.


Last year turnover

What is the company's turnover for last year?



What products does this company have?

Type in several examples.



What is the size of this company?

Company size

Added Value

What can you do for this company that someone else can't?

Type in several unique traits that will turn you into the perfect candidate for the position.

Unique skill

What do you know about the company?

Type a short description of the company's background.


Why do you want to work for this company?

Think of what you can do for them, not of what they can do for you.

Reason to work

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