So, you’ve gotten past the application screening process and landed a job interview? Congratulations, but you still have a long way to go before the job offer. The last thing you want to do is to head into your job interview unprepared. Instead, you want to take a proactive approach and start preparing for your job interview as soon as it’s scheduled.
Here are some tips to help you get started.
1. Research the Company
The first thing you want to do after you get a job interview is to research the company. Check out the company website, recent press releases, and social media profiles to find out everything you can about the goods or services it offers. Learn more about the company’s CEO and other company leaders. In addition, read through the “About Us” page and the company’s mission to learn more about its overall goals and values. This information will help you prepare for the interview.
2. Get to Know the Interviewers
In many cases, the company will tell you who will be part of the interview process. If this is the case, be sure to take some time to learn as much as you can about the interviewers by reading through their company profiles and LinkedIn page. Take note of any commonalities you have with the interviewers that you can bring up during the interview. If you have any connections that work with the company reach out to them to see if you can learn more about what the interview process is like.
3. Set Up a Few Mock Interviews
Learning the art of a good interview takes practice, practice, and more practice. Enlist a friend or two to stage several mock interviews before your interview date. Give them a list of common questions asked during an interview and encourage them to ask several questions of their own. You also can check out several online employer review sites like Glassdoor and see if any respondents provided details about the interview process. If so, you can incorporate these things into your mock interviews, so you are better prepared.
4. Prepare a Folder to Take Along
The night before your interview, you should prepare a folder or briefcase to take with you to the interview. Be sure to take along several good, clean copies of your resume, along with several copies of your list of references. You also should bring along a notebook and pen for writing down information during the interview. If you don’t have time to jot down a few notes during the interview, be sure to take some notes immediately following the interview, so you don’t forget.
5. Review Job Posting
Several days or weeks will likely pass from the time you submit your application to the time you get called in for an interview. You also may have applied to multiple companies during this timeframe. Due to these facts, it’s crucial that you take the time to reread the original job posting. Be sure that you understand exactly what the job involves and jot down any questions you have about the position. During the interview, you want to explain how your unique skill set and experience will allow you to perform the required duties.
6. Select the Right Clothes
Studies suggest that you have just seven seconds to make a good first impression. That’s barely enough time to say hello. This fact means that how you look – more specifically how you dress – plays a significant role in what type of impression you’ll make during the interview. Don’t wait until the day of your interview to think about what to wear. Instead, start planning now. Try on several outfits before making your final decision. Be sure to have this outfit dry cleaned prior to your interview.
7. Prepare Closing Statement
You may feel drained by the end of the interview process, but you also want to end on a strong note. To make sure you end strong, it’s best to prepare a closing statement ahead of time. This can be just a short statement that thanks the interviewers for their time, stresses your strengths and attributes one final time and expresses your interest in the job. Practicing this closing statement repeated before your interview will help you end the interview flawlessly and on a high note.
If you’ve been called in for an interview, don’t delay. Start planning today, so you’re are ready and prepared when it’s time for your interview. Learn more about preparing for your interview and how to create flawless resumes with GoResume today.