So you’ve tailored your resume to fit perfectly into a specific position, and it paid off spectacularly; you got an interview! This is exciting, of course, but don’t get yourself into the way of thinking that this is assured, or that you’re a shoo-in. Just showing up with a winning smile won’t help you to get that job as much as you’d like to think. You could be just one among dozen who’re vying for the same position, and so you need to ensure that you stand out from the crowd. Here’s what you need to do in preparation for an interview:
Do the groundwork
The first and, most important rule in preparation for an interview, is to prepare yourself ahead of time with information about the company. You could read up on the history of the company by visiting the employer’s website and social media profiles, do a google search for information, or even just call the person who scheduled the interview for a detailed job description.
Write a list of potential questions
Create a list of potential interview questions and prepare your answers, such as:
•Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
•What are your strengths and weakness?
•What is your most significant achievement to date?
•What makes a good teamplayer
Use your charm and manners
Remember that these people may be friendly, but they are not your friends so be sure to be polite and professional in manner. Keep tabs on your body language; shake hands firmly, make eye contact, don’t cross your arms and remember to smile!
Show you are listening
Listening isn’t just about hearing what has been said, but about understanding the meaning. So listen well during the interview, appear interested, and take a moment to think about a question before you rush to answer.
Prepare your outfit
In preparation for an interview, think about the nature of the role you are applying for before choosing an outfit accordingly. Make sure you know what you are going to wear well in advance so you can have it dry cleaned and presses ready. It is a good idea to try on your outfit a couple of days beforehand to see that it still fits you and that you have the right accessories to match, especially your shoes.
Tardiness is a big interview no, no
Ideally you should arrive ten minutes early so you’re not stressed or, worse still, late! Plan ahead for traffic and parking issues. Even if you have to spend time meditation in your car to kill time, it is better to be early.
Get 8 hours sleep
Make sure you get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast in the morning to fuel your brain for the interview. Even if you find it hard to sleep, go to bed early and shut of all electronic devices to help your brain shut down. Set your alarm clock with plenty of time so you can enjoy getting ready without rushing.
Beware of your nerves
Avoid caffeine, take deep breaths, and focus on the questions being asked rather than how you look or sound. This will help you to get your nerves under control and keep them there.