Doing your job interview preparation? Everyone who’s about to go into one knows that they want to make a solid first impression on their interviewer. With the stakes being high, nervousness is a totally normal sensation before and during an interview, as you won’t want to mess up or say the wrong thing. While different jobs have varied requirements, job interviews are very much preliminary and contain the same content. On that note, here are some tips to help you work on your job interview preparation.
1. Do your research on the company.
Before going into an interview, it is important to know what the intentions and objectives of the company are for serving society. Are their goals aligned with yours? Do you serve the same purpose or advocacy? With this knowledge, you will also become capable of angling your answers in a stance that is favorable to them, while also remaining honest on your part. Having done your research, your employer could also give you plus points for your awareness and thoughtfulness towards the company.
2. Mentally prepare some of your interview answers.
Various types of employers are most likely to ask the same general questions for any kind of job interview, such as “Why did you apply for this job?”, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”, or “What can you contribute to the job?”, to name a few. Since the way you answer these questions is to your own preference, you might want to mentally prepare an outline of things to say. This will save you a lot of time when answering, plus, it will give the employer the impression that you really thought them through.
3. Make yourself look presentable!
Employers will always look more at the intellectual substance of an applicant, but that doesn’t cancel out the fact that looks absolutely matter. Whether the job and company call for casual, dressy, or corporate work attire, dressing neatly and appropriately matters in making a good first impression. Freshen your face up and pick the right clothes, so that you look tidy and ready for the day. This is a professional work setting, after all. You don’t want to ruin your chances at a job opportunity just by the way you present yourself.
4. Make sure you know your way there.
If your interview is over the phone or video chat, this point doesn’t apply to you. If your interview is in person, however, you have to make sure to know exactly where it is and how to get there. Getting lost and arriving late is a huge no-no and won’t be a good look on you. To the employer, it might look like you only tried searching for the venue minutes before your interview and made no effort whatsoever to get there on time. It’s best to search for the quickest route going there, leave your house early, and as a result, give yourself ample time to breathe and relax before your interview begins.
5. Relax—you got this.
Once you have everything down, all there’s left to do is simply go in and do it. Remember that you have just as equal a chance as everyone else who is applying for the job, so all you can do is be yourself while having your interview. As long as you are mentally and physically prepared, the employer should be able to see through your behavior that you put in a sufficient amount of time and effort for them. Good luck!