- Research the company and position.
Before your interview, take some time to research the company. Look up their website, read any news articles or blog posts about them, and try to learn as much as you can about their business. This will not only help you be more prepared for questions about the company, but it will also show your interviewer that you’re truly interested in the opportunity.
When it comes to researching the specific position you’re interviewing for, again, visit the company’s website and read through the job description carefully. Make a list of the key qualifications and skills required for the role and be prepared to discuss how your own experience and abilities match up.
- Practice your answers to common interview questions.
While you can’t anticipate every question you’ll be asked in an interview, there are some that are more common than others. Practice your answers to questions like “Tell me about yourself,” “What are your strengths and weaknesses?,” “Why are you interested in this position/company?,” and “Where do you see yourself in five years?” so that you can feel confident and prepared when the time comes.
- Dress for success.
It’s important to make a good first impression in an interview, and what you wear is a big part of that. Whether the dress code at the company is casual or business formal, be sure to dress one step up from that for your interview. Avoid wearing anything too revealing, too flashy, or too casual.
- Arrive early.
Arriving late to an interview is a surefire way to make a bad impression. aim to arrive 10-15 minutes early. This will give you time to collect your thoughts and relax before the interview starts.
- Bring copies of your professional resume and references.
Be sure to bring multiple copies of your resume with you to the interview, as well as a list of references. Your interviewer may not need them, but it’s always better to be prepared.
- Be polite and professional.
Throughout the interview, be sure to mind your manners and act professional. Avoid using slang or profanity, chewing gum, or interrupting your interviewer. Be sure to make eye contact and sit up straight. And, of course, don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you.”
- Ask questions.
At the end of the interview, you’ll usually be given the opportunity to ask your own questions. This is your chance to get more information about the company or position, as well as to show that you’re truly interested in the opportunity. Prepare a few questions ahead of time so that you’re not caught off guard when it’s your turn to ask.
- Follow up after the interview.
Within 24 hours of your interview, be sure to send a thank-you email to your interviewer (or interviewers, if there were more than one). This is another opportunity to reiterate your interest in the position and thank the interviewer for their time.
By following these tips, you can help ensure that you’re as prepared as possible for your upcoming interview. Good luck!