Congratulations. You’ve got an interview! As you are preparing for the job interview one of the first things you’ll want to do is review common interview questions. This will help you to use your skills, strengths, accomplishments, and experiences to come up with great answers to wow your future employer. But even after you have your winning speech down, there are still six things you should do to prepare for the interview.
1. Know the Company and the Job Description
Knowing the company is a vital part of the job interview. Employers would like to feel like you actually want to work at their specific organization rather than just taking what you can get. Spend some time on their website and reading news about the company and its executives. It’s also important to thoroughly know about the specific position you’re applying for. Be sure you know the position’s responsibilities and duties and how you can link your skills and experience to each of them.
2. Dress for Success
Dressing for success is not universal. Keep your position and company in mind when you’re deciding what to wear. Find out the dress code or what employees usually wear by looking at the website, cruising by the office, or simply asking. But no matter how terrific the outfit looks, if it’s not comfortable, it’s not a good idea. Interviews can be uncomfortable enough without an ill-fitting suit or dress. Keep in mind you may be sitting, standing, and walking around to meet other employees or to see the office.
3. Update your Resume
Before you even apply for a job, make sure everything on your resume is up to date, and bring updated copies to the interview. Double check to make sure all of your accomplishments from your education and work experience are clear. Some other helpful items to bring are college or course transcripts, letters of recommendation, a copy of your cover letter, and any awards or certifications you have. If you are in an industry where you can physically bring your work, like a graphic designer or writer, then bring that along as well. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses are constantly changing so be sure your most recent contact information is on your resume as well.
4. Tailor your Pitch
Your cover letter, resume, and responses should all be tailored to the specific position you’re applying for. For example, if you had a position working as a teacher, but you’re applying for an office job, focus less on the childcare experience and more on the suitable experiences. Mention the organization skills in making a lesson plan and the attention to detail while working with many different types of children.
5. Know Where You’re Going
Mapping out exactly how to get to your interview will help you get there on time with no stress. It sounds simple enough, but if you’re traveling to a new place you’re not familiar with, you can easily get lost or not give yourself enough time to get there. Save plenty of extra time for traffic, public transportation delays, or other mishaps. You definitely don’t want your first impression to be negative because you’re late or are calling because you need directions.
One of the most vital things you can do to have a successful interview is simply to relax. Once you’re prepared your comfortable and sophisticated outfit, are confident in your answers, and know where you’re going, you only need to concentrate on staying calm. If you appear collected and relaxed, you’ll also appear more confident and approachable. Talking faster than normal and fidgeting are two common occurrences when your nervous. Combat this by speaking out loud before the interview and being conscious of your speech and body movement.
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