Being prepared and ready for your interview is worth the time and effort. You gain a competitive edge and increase your chances of success and getting the job. Being prepared improves your interview abilities and gives you confidence.
Here are the best ways to prepare for your interview:
A few days before the interview:
- Put the interview on your phone calendar with reminders
- Research the company – read their website (about us, services, etc.) press releases, check for recent news articles. Know their competitors. View their social media presence. Check reviews.
- Research the person you’re meeting with – in addition to any information on the company’s website, do a google search and check out their linked in page to see what you might have in common (professional and personal).
- Review your social media sites – take off anything that might be deemed unprofessional or inappropriate.
- Interview questions – be ready for the normal – tell us about yourself, be able to sell your background and experience. And please have a weakness ready in case you’re asked. Be ready to tell stories of your success and how you assisted your current/former company.
- Prepare questions you want to ask them about the job and the company.
- Practice makes perfect – get friend and do a few mock interviews to practice your answers. You want short concise responses that tell them what they need but doesn’t ramble on.
- Write down a few of your best successes so they’re fresh in your mind and you’ll be ready to discuss.
Night before (so you’re not scrambling in the morning):
- Get your interview clothes ready.
- Set your alarm if it’s an early morning meeting.
- Shine your shoes – scruffy shoes look awful.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Print several clean copies of your resume to take.
- Have a list of references ready.
Day of the interview:
- Review directions to the location and leave in enough time to arrive 15 minutes early.
- Review your list of best successes.
- Don’t forget the resume copies and reference list.
As you’re waiting to be called in:
- Turn off your phone.
- Take a deep calming breath and go get them!
Preparation can make all the difference.
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