Once you’ve made it past the application into the interview phase, your excitement may quickly turn to nerves. Instead of letting your anxiety take over, follow these quick and easy job tips for preparing for an interview so you can walk in with confidence.
Here are your five top tips for interview prep:
1. Create a quick facts sheet
A job interview is like a test, so you should prepare for it in the same way. Do some research ahead of time to gather important information about the company, the people interviewing you, and the position you’re applying for. Jot down quick facts on a cheat sheet you can study in the days leading up to your interview and the morning of.
2. Know your interviewers
Find out who will be interviewing you, if you can, and make a mental note of their names and job titles. On the day of your interview, try to memorise something about their appearance so you will remember them and be able to recognise them later. Your interviewers will notice and appreciate the effort.
3. Take time to prepare the day before
You should expect to be a little frazzled on the day of your interview, so do as much prep as you can the day before. Make at least five copies of your resume and references and plan your commute so you will arrive in plenty of time. You should also pick out and set aside your outfit. You may even want to put on some moisturising lotion or acne medication the night before, so you wake up looking and feeling fresh. If you have time to do a little extra research about the company, all the better. The more you prepare, the more confident you’ll feel walking in.
4. Prepare a few of your answers
Every job interview is different, but employers tend to ask some of the same questions. Many interviews start with: ‘Tell me about yourself.’ Prepare an answer to this question that gives your interviewers some insight into you as a person but, more importantly, tells them why you’re a good fit for the position. You may also want to think about answers to other common questions about your prior work experience, your successes in the industry, and some of your strengths and weaknesses.
5. Arrive at least 15 minutes early
One of the worst things you can do for a job interview is show up late. Not only should you plan to arrive on time, but you should plan to arrive about 15 minutes early, so you have time to relax and settle yourself. This is also the perfect time to review your quick facts sheet, so the information is fresh in your mind when you walk into the interview.
A job interview is a big deal. It’s your opportunity to show potential employers who you are and what you offer to the company. As nerve-wracking as it can be, following the tips above will help you prepare yourself for the experience so you can walk in calm, collected and confident.
Prepare an answer to this question that gives your interviewers some insight into you as a person but, more importantly, tells them why you’re a good fit for the position
‘How to Prepare for a Job Interview: 6 Tips’ by Brie Weiler Reynolds (link: FlexJobs)
’20 Tips for Great Job Interviews’ (link: Experis)
‘Your Ultimate Guide to Answering the Most Common Interview Questions'(Link: The Muse)