Congratulations on your interview! You’ve worked hard to get to this point, but now is not the time to take it easy. You’re in the final stretch on your way to a new job, and it’s important to keep your momentum going right up until the big day. Here’s what you can do to keep your head in the game and prepare for your upcoming interview.
From the week of until the night before your interview, follow these ten insider tips to prepare and do your very best.
- Learn who the company is. Read about them online through their corporate website, press releases and employee chatter on Twitter and Glassdoor. The company’s website will give you a good idea of new products or events happening within the business. Social media can help you gauge common topics—don’t take everything you read as fact, but let it guide you towards good conversation options.
- Find out whom you’ll be speaking with. Check with your recruiter or the person who scheduled your interview. If you can, find out more about your upcoming interviewer through the company website or a Google search. Look for common ground and let your research guide you towards questions you might want to ask.
- Get ahold of the job description. Knowing exactly what you’re interviewing for will help you explain why you’re the best choice for the job.
- Prepare a story or two. Everyone loves a story! They help keep the conversation going and allow you to interject a personal edge while sharing an anecdote about why you’re a good choice for the position. Think of something that happened in your career, what you learned from it and how it helped shape the candidate you are today.
- Choose your outfit. Your recruiter or the company’s HR department can let you know what the dress code is—but prepare to overdress a little bit. You can’t go wrong with a suit that has a modern fit. When you look good, it will boost your confidence.
- Practice your answers to common interview questions. You can easily Google this topic to find common questions and answers in your field. The better prepared you are, the smoother your interview will go.
- Travel to the interview location beforehand. This way, you’ll know where you’re going and won’t need to stress the day of your interview. You can arrive on time, calm, collected and ready for success!
- Print five copies of your resume. Stick these into your bag to bring with you. You never know who else may pop into the interview, and you want to be ready!
- Give yourself a once-over. Beyond your outfit, be sure you’re looking your best. This includes a haircut, clean nails, polished shoes, ironed outfit, etc. Looking good helps you present yourself as the professional you are!
- Get a good night’s sleep. No matter how prepared you are, never discount the benefits of sleep. Go to bed early to help ensure you get enough Zzzs.
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When you’re ready and raring to go to your next interview, call the recruitment professionals at McGrath Systems. We’ll help you perfect your technique and find a job you love in IT, engineering, administration, human resources or light industrial. To learn more, contact us today!