Are you having jitters about an upcoming job interview? Worried that you may not do well enough to get in? Here are some tips to help you prepare and make an impressive impression on your potential employer.
Research the Job and the Company
Begin your preparation by reviewing the job post. Go through the job description and take note of what the company is looking for in a candidate; make a list of the personal and professional qualities that are considered critical by the employer. Once you’re done with that, jot down your skills and match them to the job requirements. Don’t forget to include your certifications, professional qualifications, abilities, and experiences. By doing this, it will be easy for you to present yourself as the perfect fit for the job – you’ll be ready to answer job-specific questions and behavioral questions designed to determine if you really have what it takes!
Many people tend to overlook this step. But remember, taking the time to practice answering interview questions is important because it will give you the chance to polish your answers. You can strategize how to calm yourself and master how to compose your thoughts while you’re on the ‘hot seat.’ You can do this with a family member or a friend; they can also give you feedback on the practice. Write a list of usual questions asked during an interview and try to keep the set up close to the real thing. For example, if you’re going to have a phone interview then ask a friend to call you and practice the interview that way.
Decide What to Wear
Ready your interview clothes ahead of time. In fact, you should have this outfit available all the time so you won’t cram on deciding what to wear when you have an interview coming up. Your clothes can make or break your potential employer’s first impression of you. Although it is not the focus of the interview, it does have a significant impact on your overall assessment. Always dress accordingly for a job interview; wear a corporate outfit when applying for a professional position. It’s important to look neat and well-groomed to make a positive image to the interviewer. For women, your make-up and accessories are also part of your outfit so try not to overdo it. Take the time to research on the proper attire for job interviews and be guided.
What to Bring with You
There are only a few things that you need to bring to an interview – your portfolio with extra copies of your resume, list of references, list of what you wish to ask the interviewer, and something to write with. Avoid bringing unnecessary things as it will make you look ‘cluttered,’ thus giving a wrong impression to the interviewer.
Proper interview etiquette is essential so take the time to research and read it. Observe proper greeting and always be polite, pleasant and enthusiastic.