Getting ready for an interview can be more nerve-wracking than the interview itself, especially if it’s your first-ever one.
Congratulations on getting an interview!
Taking the time to get ready for an interview can help you succeed and secure the role. Here are a few steps needed in order to prepare for an interview properly.
Using the job description can help you get ready in several ways. The job description has all the information about the position you are applying for, along with the skills, education, and experience the employer expects you to have. Looking at the description, ask yourself if you have the experience or skills that they are looking for. A job description is basically a key tool for mapping out your answer.
Write down questions
This doesn’t mean questions like “What is your favorite kind of food?”, but questions relating to the interview. If you are unsure about something pertaining to the position you are applying for, you can ask them at the interview. This lets the interviewer know you put in the effort to prepare. Make sure that you are genuine with these questions because you don’t want to ask for no purpose or reason.
What are you nervous about?
Before you go to the interview, you want to make sure you get all the nervousness out. Figure out what questions would make you nervous and get a head start on them. It’s easier said than done, but planning out what you are going to say and storing the answer in your head can help you in the long run.
Study your resume
Knowing your skills and work experience will help during the interview. Whether you like it or not, they will crop up. That is the only information given to the interviewer about you, and they will have some questions about it.
Research the company
It’s crucial to research the company prior to the interview. Read about their clients, products, or services — basically anything about them. How are they different from the rest? What do they do that makes them unique? Knowing about how the company views itself can be handy during the interview and will intrigue the employer when you reveal these things.
Practicing the questions that you believe the interviewer may ask can also help you get ready for the interview. It can help calm you down, make sure you know what to say rather than look stuck, and it can make the interview run smoothly.
When you are practicing make sure to ask a friend or family member to help you
Picking an outfit
When picking out an outfit for the interview, you want to dress the part. Before the interviewer decides if they are going to hire you, they will make a first impression based on your outfit. If you dress smart and come across as sharp and trim, then it would be very difficult for the interviewer to knock you off the list of potential hires.
Ensure that you dress classy but comfortable, wear neutral colors, and pay attention to the minor details. You also want to keep it simple, wear deodorant, and practice your outfit looks.
Getting a good night’s sleep
On average, a person aged 18-60 years old should get seven or more hours of sleep per night. If you want to get up energized, it’s worth limiting the number of naps you take throughout the day and going to bed earlier. We all get tired during the day and when it’s time for bed, we find that we can’t fall asleep.
Making sure that you get a good night’s sleep will allow you to wake up bright and refreshed for the interview ahead. If you go tired, you won’t be alert and focused, and your mood won’t be as high as it needs to be. What’s more, getting enough sleep means you won’t need caffeine to wake you up; you will be alert and focused, you will avoid errors, and you will remember things better.
Be on TIME!
On the day of the interview, make sure you get a substantial breakfast. This will give you the nutrition you need and will prevent your stomach from rumbling in the interview.
This is the big day and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Make sure you have everything in place in the morning and give yourself enough time to arrive early, rather than on time!