Pre-interview jitters stressing you out? Don’t worry, we’ve got you. Here are seven simple things you need to cover to ensure you ace your next interview:
Choose your outfit.
First impressions matter, and this means dressing to impress. It’s a wise move to gauge the dress code of the company before you arrive to ensure you’re dressed appropriately.
You can do this by looking on the company social media accounts or website for employee photos. Also, make sure your clothes are clean, ironed and most of all something you’re going to feel comfortable and confident in.
Pack your bag.
It may seem very primary school but make sure you pack your bag the night before. Not only is this one less thing to worry about in the morning but it ensures you don’t forget anything important; keys, wallet, a copy of your CV, any documentation etc. Leave it by the front door if you’re paranoid.
Figure out how to get there.
If you’ve never been to the building before it’s a good idea to figure out how you’re going to get there and how long it should take. Remember that apps such as Google Maps show you real time traffic so it could differ from the actual time you’ll be travelling the next day. Arrive at your interview at least ten minutes early but no more than thirty.
Review your answers.
You can expect to be asked the same generic questions as other interviews which is perfect because it gives you the chance to prepare. You can find the best stories to prepare for your interview here. However, be careful not to over-rehearse beforehand or you’ll end up coming across as inauthentic and robot-y.
Do some company research.
Nothing will impress an interviewer more than you knowing exactly who they are and what they do. It makes people feel important! Find recent reports or news articles on the company successes to showcase your understanding of their business. Word of warning: don’t take it too far. I once had a candidate tell me they’d stalked me on Facebook the morning of the interview. Bit creepy.
Print your CV.
Typically the interviewer will ask for a copy of your CV during or after the interview, so come prepared with a few printed copies (there could be multiple people present) as well as any other documents necessary for the role.
Set an alarm.
“I slept in” doesn’t fly in the real world. Double check your alarm is set to the right time before you hit the hay.
Extra tips for the morning of the interview:
Eat breakfast. They don’t call it the most important meal of the day for nothing. Even if you’re not usually a breakfast person try to have something light at least. You don’t want to feel hungry or faint and sabotage your interview skills.
Make a cheat sheet. If nerves throw off your memory make a little cheat sheet of important information such as key names before you go in. This will only apply to certain industries or roles but if it will make you feel more prepared it’s worth the effort.
Breathe. You’ve got this. An employer would only bring you to the interview stage if they saw something in your application that stood out. This means you’re half way there. Remind yourself of all your accomplishments to date and walk into the room with your head held high. You’ll do great!