11 Tips to Succeed in an Interview with No Job Description

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published September 11, 2022

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Interviews are an important part of the job application process because they can give candidates the opportunity to discuss their skills, work experience, and interests in greater detail. While many employers describe the job in the posting, some employers might only include the name of the position and a few details about how to apply. Learning how to prepare for an interview when you don't have the job description readily available can help you feel more confident on the day of the interview. In this article, we provide 11 tips for succeeding in an interview with no job description.

11 tips to succeed in an interview with no job description

If an employer invited you to an interview with no job description to review, here are a few tips that can help you prepare:

1. Review similar job descriptions

It can be beneficial to review other job descriptions with the same title so you can understand the basic responsibilities of the role. For example, if you're applying for a job as a library assistant, research similar job postings for library assistants at other companies to gain a better understanding of the expectations and requirements for the position. This can also make it easier to anticipate potential interview questions.

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2. Research the company

Conduct an online search of the company or organization that's offering the position. You may be able to locate people within the company who already work in the position you're planning to interview for, which can help you understand the purpose of the role and the duties associated with it. In researching the company, you can also learn more about its purpose, workplace culture, and strategic goals. The more you know about the company, the easier it can become to prepare confident and thorough answers when it's time for your interview.

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3. Contact human resources

If you want more information about the job so you can prepare in further detail, consider contacting the company's human resources department directly. If the company includes an e-mail address in the job posting, compose a professional e-mail that states your interest in the position and mentions your desire to find out more about it. Even if a human resources professional isn't available to answer your questions, you may still be able to contact a recruiter or manager who can direct you to someone with the information you need.

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4. Connect with current employees

Review the social media profiles of employees who work for the company where you have an interview or current employees with the same job title as the one you're interested in so you can obtain a better understanding of what you might be doing. In addition, consider contacting these employees to ask them for guidance on the interview process. Current employees may be able to give you insight into how to dress for the interview and what types of questions your interviewer might ask.

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5. Find past employees

If you're not able to find many current employees with the same job title, you may be able to use social media to locate past employees who had that title. You can then introduce yourself to them, mention your interest in the role, and ask them what their duties were when they worked in the position. They may also refer you to people who are currently working in the position or in a similar position within the same industry. Speaking with these professionals may help you build rapport with your interviewer more easily.

6. Learn more about your interviewer

If possible, research who your interviewer is before the day of your interview. Consider how long they've worked at the company, what their role is, and where they worked prior to their current role. This may give you additional insight into what they expect from a person in your position. It may also give you a better understanding of which skills the organization values. The professional who's to interview you may work closely with you if the company offers you the role, so it can be especially useful to learn more about them prior to your official interview.

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7. Prepare a list of questions about the company and role

One useful way to learn more about the company and role and to demonstrate your interest in the position is to ask a few thoughtful questions about the company during the interview. Prepare several questions to ask your interviewer. Try to keep your questions specific to the position and the company. Here are some examples of the types of questions you might ask:

  • Who will I be working with in the role?

  • What does a typical day look like for a person in the position?

  • What qualities does the company prefer a person in the role to have?

  • Why did you choose to work for the company?

  • What are the biggest challenges for a person in the position?

  • What are the most important responsibilities for the role?

  • What are the company's long-term plans, and how does the role align with its mission?

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8. Clarify the expectations for the interview

Some companies may provide a job description after they meet with you a few times, so you may want to clarify which type of interview you can expect from the employer. If it's an informal interview, you may want to focus more time on learning how to express yourself and discussing your interests and basic career goals. If it's a structured or traditional interview, it's often important that you understand as much as possible about the role prior to the interview. You can e-mail your contact or message the person who created the original job posting to ask for clarification.

9. Think about your skills

Spend some time considering your current skill set and how your previous jobs have prepared you for the role. Consider how you might use your skills to complete projects and contribute to teams and departments. In addition, think about how you might apply your individual skills to different areas of business and leverage them to make improvements. Interviews often present an opportunity for you to discuss the skills you included in your application more thoroughly, so think about how you might incorporate them into your answers.

10. Practise the interview

While you're unlikely to know the exact questions your interviewer might ask you, it can still be helpful to practise answering a few common ones to help ensure that you're able to articulate your answers well. Most interviewers are likely to ask you why you want to work for the company and request that you provide details of the work experience you included on your resume. For roles that don't have job descriptions, it's often beneficial to focus on your culture fit in addition to your skills as you practise your answers.

A culture fit refers to your compatibility with the company's organizational culture and mission. As it may be more challenging to discuss how your educational background or experience aligns with what the company's looking for when you don't have a job description available, describing your culture fit can be an effective way to demonstrate your potential to an employer. Consider the particular culture of the company and the personal characteristics you have that best match that culture.

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11. Have your materials ready

The night before your interview, ensure that you have all your application materials ready and prepare an outfit to wear. The attire you choose may vary depending on the type of interview, but try to select an outfit that looks professional. Printing extra copies of your resume can also show your interviewer that you're organized and that you understand what's expected of you. It can also be a polite gesture, as some interviewers may not have the time to access your resume during the interview,

If you're planning to bring a portfolio to the interview, consider packing it with your resume in your bag so that you don't forget it. In addition, review the address of the company and make any necessary travel arrangements. On the way to the interview, review your answers and the questions you plan to ask one final time. If you're interviewing online, ensure that your materials are readily accessible to your interviewer, test your internet connection, and check your webcam to make sure it's working properly.

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