Congratulations on setting yourself apart from the piles of resumes on your prospective boss’ desk! Now you have just one chance to make a solid, in-person impression at the interview.
5 Things You Should Do Before an Interview
Knowledge is power. Learn about the company. Scour the About page for anything that gives you insight into their history. Check out the leadership, purpose, values, and culture of the company. Take notes. Knowing this much about the company prepares you for the interview. It also identifies any areas that might not gel with your values or personality. Don’t forget to take a look at the company’s social media presence. That’s a great place to get a “behind the scenes” look into the company’s culture.
Practice Your Answers
Think about the questions your interviewer will ask. Come up with some responses or key things you want to touch on. Thinking about this before hand helps make sure that you put your best foot forward at the interview.
Knowledge is not shown by what you answer, but what you question. This is where your research comes in handy. Don’t ask just about salary, the daily work schedule, and the people with whom you’ll work. Ask about company policies. Do you have questions about anything you found while you were researching?
Plan Your Clothing and Movement
Professionalism and confidence are what you need to stand out. Dress in neutral colors. Unless you’re interviewing for a specific kind of job, stay away from anything flashy. It is a job, not a Paris fashion show (unless you’re interviewing with a fashion company in which case – congrats). Here are few more tips for planning your clothing:
- No t-shirts, jeans, or sneakers.
- Ladies, skirt your skirt should hit around the knees, and your neckline should be modest.
- Iron your clothes the night before.
- Clip your nails, and remove any dirt out from under your them.
- Don’t wear tight clothes.
Along with your clothes, make sure you think about your handshake and greeting. Be yourself, but make sure you’re prepared to communicate clearly.
These are the small things you should do 10 to 15 minutes before the interview.
Calm yourself down by taking a few, slow deep breaths. Get to the interview early, but don’t go in until 10 minutes or so beforehand. If you walk in much earlier than that you put the interviewer in an awkward position. Give yourself one last look in the mirror and make sure everything is in place. Review your personal notes and turn off your phone and other devices.
Get in there!