Preparing for an interview can be a nerve-wracking experience. Follow these steps to ensure you are ready when you step into that room.
- Research the Company – Nothing sends an interview into a downward spiral like a candidate not having any background information on the hiring company. Looking through the company’s website and social media can reveal a lot about what they do and how they function.
- List Keywords – Create a list of keywords you would like to remember. Whether they are about your work experience, the industry, or why you should be hired, writing these words down and having context around them will help you remember them during the interview.
- Get Sleep – Make sure you get a good night’s sleep the night before your interview. Being well rested will allow you to be more alert and on top of your game when answering questions and interacting with the hiring managers.
- Have an Outfit Ready – Do not spend your morning worrying about what to wear. Have the outfit already picked out and set aside. This will also prevent last minute emergencies of finding stains or tears on clothes.
- Eat Breakfast – Going into an interview on an empty stomach can throw you off. You will not be as alert or focused as having had a healthy, filling breakfast beforehand.
- Decide on Questions – Know the questions you will ask your interviewers ahead of time. Pick questions based on your research of the company or from the job description. Having questions prepared shows your interest and professionalism.
- Breathe – It’s natural to get anxious before an interview. Many people get a little flustered, sweaty, shaky, or red. To help calm your nerves, don’t forget to breathe. Take a couple deep breaths as you walk in, smile, and get ready to shine!