Good news! You passed your initial employment screening and now you have been selected for an in-person interview. Interviews can often be overwhelming but being well prepared can lessen your stress level. Here are the top 5 ways to prepare for your interview:
- Do your research. Research the company you want to work for and who will be doing the interviews. What is the company mission, values, accomplishments and objectives? Be prepared to answer how you can bring value to the company. What are some of the last jobs of your interviewer? Do you have any personal or professional connections? Speaking to common interests or people is often a good ice breaker and makes you more relatable in the interview.
- Show up early. Leave enough time to navigate any unexpected traffic or parking issues. Extra time to ask for directions to the office suite, or check in and review your notes before the interview is important. Do not be late.
- Bring extra copies of your resume. I recommend bringing 5 professional copies of your resume on high quality resume paper. One for yourself and your interviewer and extras in case it is a group interview, or an unexpected party joins your interview.
- Dress professionally. Wear appropriate dress for interviewing based on the industry and type of job you are applying for. You are dressing up to present yourself in a positive light, but also out of respect and courtesy for your interviewer. Take the time to iron your shirt, groom your hair, nails and bring your resume in a professional folder or bag.
- Sell yourself. It is likely that you one among many interviewing for the position. You will need to be positive, showcase your talents by demonstrating how it can help the company, and use real life examples of your successes. Do not use “canned” responses that you think the interviewer wants to hear. Be genuine and be confident in your abilities. Some of the job qualifications you can learn on the job if you don’t have the skills currently, but companies are not willing to hire on candidates with a bad attitude or do not fit the company culture.
Follow these tips and you will have a great likelihood of securing the job or moving onto the next round of interviews.