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Just like getting ready for a date, interview preparation is essential! You only get one chance to prove that you’re the right candidate for the position.Being familiar with what you’re going to say and how you’re going to present it is important before going into an interview so that you can avoid the interview jitters the best you can. There have been too many instances where well-qualified candidates lose great offers for not being prepared enough - but I’m here to help you out.
Here are a few easy ways you can be prepared before, the day of and after the interview.
Step 1: Before the Interview
Research the company and the interviewer.
First and foremost, you’ll need a specific company to research for. You can easily access information by going through their website, projects, and Glassdoor, being on the look out for their specific goals and objectives. With this material, you’re able to be prepared and it will give you the confidence of knowing background information. If the interviewer’s name is given to you beforehand, look into their social media profile and you can get a sense of who they are and what type of person they are.
Prepare copies of important documents.
Make copies of your resume, cover letter, and a list of references. Many times interviewers believe that only 1 copy is all that they need, but it is safe to bring at least 3 copies with you. Although some interviews typically don’t instruct to acquire these documents, it’s better to be eager than to be underprepared!
Step 2: Day of the interview
Dress to impress.
First impressions are always a factor, so it’s a bonus to try and look your best. Be in formal wear or business casual. Guys: If you don’t own a dress suit, wear a nice dress shirt and slacks Girls: You have more room in this department. A nice blouse, blazer and a long skirt is always safe. Accessories also never hurt, but only in moderation. You don’t want to overdo it by any means, only accentuate what you have; this is the same for makeup.
Feed your body. Don’t leave yourself with an empty stomach - eat breakfast! Many get nervous before an interview, which might lead to some not being able to eat but you don’t want to make the mistake of having an empty stomach.
Be punctual. The early bird gets the worm! You want to arrive 10-15 minutes before the interview begins. For more details on how early you should arrive and why, check out this Business Insider article.
Keep it professional. Speak clearly and with confidence during the interview. Don’t be afraid to show your strengths and keep your answers concise and honest. Don’t use slang words, but instead use your wide vocabulary and speak authentically.
Step 3: After the interview
Leave with gratitude.
Shake hands with the interviewer(s) and thank them for their time. Leave with confidence and ask about their decision-making period so you are not left wondering and twiddling your thumbs.
Don’t forget the follow-up.
After an appropriate time, follow up with the recruiter. Send each interviewer a thank-you note. Interviewers confirmed that thank you notes impact their decision process. If you follow all of these steps, you’ll be in the best position to prove you’re the best candidate for any job.
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