Since most job interviews can be intimidating and nerve-racking, here are a few important things to do before an interview that will help you land that dream job. Even if you think that if you are offered an interview for a great position (after you have spent a lot of time looking for a job, sending lots of resumes and cover letters) the hard part is over, you still need to take care of certain details prior to your interview if you want to make a good impression and get that job. The things that you need to do before that interview will help you catch your potential employer’s attention, will keep the questions flowing and they will help you build a rapport that will give you a chance to land that job. Here are a few important things to do before an interview that you should consider:
1. Do Your Homework
One of the most important things to do before an interview is to do your research because the company you’re about to interview with will do their own research on you. Find out as much as you can about that company, about that position and even about the people you will be interviewing with. Try to understand the company’s mission and history and see if they can offer you what you want or need in your career.
You know what they say: “Practice makes perfect.”. Just keep in mind that you cannot be good at something if you don’t practice. Ask a friend or a family member to help you and do some role playing or you can even use a mirror to watch yourself. Just prepare important information that you want to relay and repeat it until you’ll be able to deliver it with ease.
3. Develop Your List of Questions
During an interview, most interviewers will ask you if you have questions of your own regarding that position. Do your homework and develop your list of questions a day before the interview. Try to avoid questions about salary or holidays and focus on finding more about what your responsibilities will be in case that you’ll get that job.
4. Prepare Your Outfit
Preparing your outfit for an interview can be a bit challenging. Dress for success because if you look like a success, you’ll feel that way too and you’ll be a success. Keep in mind that an interview is not a fashion show, so try to wear a professional business attire and you will definitely make a good impression.
5. Practice Positive Visualization
This is a very helpful technique that a lot of people use when they want to reach a certain goal. In the days leading up to your interview, just picture yourself siting opposite to your interviewer feeling calm, relaxed, comfortable and at the top of your game. Just play that clip over and over again in your head until it becomes so familiar that it will be a part of your self-image.
6. Get Enough Sleep
Make sure that you get enough sleep the night before the interview. Go to bed early, have some warm milk, a tea or some cocoa (avoid drinking alcohol), set the alarm and sleep comfortably knowing that you are well-prepared for that interview and that you’ll make a good impression to your potential employers.
Make a list of your skills, abilities, certifications, experience, professional or personal qualities that are essential to that position. If you have good examples that can demonstrate how good you are for that job (for example a website that you designed or a business project you created in college) just bring them because everyone loves a good show-and-tell.
Remember: a job interview is your time to shine, so do your homework and be confident and you will manage to land that dream job. Do you know any other important things an individual needs to do before a job interview? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section!