12 Things before your interview
12 things to do before your interview
The week before:
1. Do your homework
Research the company and its background beforehand. Search for information online. Find out who will be interviewing you, and review the job description in detail so you understand it inside out. It’s also worth researching news or activities relating to the specific industry, as this shows interest.
2. Prepare your questions
When asked by the interviewer if you have any questions, have a few ideas up your sleeve. This demonstrates that you’re prepared, enthusiastic and committed to the role and the company. Try to think of less obvious but interesting questions that will set you apart from other candidates.
3. Practice your interview technique
Think beforehand about how you can best demonstrate your skills and experiences in an interview. This can make you feel more confident on the day. If you’ve been asked to give a presentation as part of the interview process, give it a final run-through, make sure you’ve got prompt cards, and try to make it as compelling as possible.
4. Plan your journey
Spend time prior to the interview working out how you’ll get there. Look up public transport routes and timetables, or find out where you can park. Plan how long the journey will take. Do a practice run, if necessary and aim to arrive about 15 minutes early.
5. Stay focused
Clear your diary before and after the interview, so you can stay fully focused on the event. In order to give the interview your total attention, you don’t want to be preoccupied with other things that need doing that day.
The night before or morning of the interview:
6. Sleep well and eat a healthy breakfast
Don’t cram any last minute interview preparation in just before bedtime, as this could disrupt your sleep. Relax before bed to ensure you get a restful night’s slumber, so you’re firing on all cylinders the next day. Fuel yourself with slow-releasing carbohydrates prior to your interview, such as porridge for breakfast or wholemeal sandwiches for lunch. Avoid alcohol at all costs.
7. Stay calm and confident
Naturally, nerves will begin to kick in, but try to stay calm and confident. Take deep breaths and practice positive, self-affirmation thoughts in your mind. If you’ve done adequate research, you shouldn’t have anything to fret about.
8. A final read through
Give your research and preparation a final glance before the interview, to keep it fresh in your mind. Now isn’t the time to be doing any new research.
9. Don’t forget printouts
Make sure you’ve got printouts of your resume with you, as well as any other supporting information, like references or a portfolio. Pop a notepad and pen in your bag just in case you need to write anything down.
10. Dress appropriately
Make sure you dress appropriately for the job interview. You must look professional. Try checking out the LinkedIn profiles of the company’s employees to get an idea on how they dress. Don’t leave ironing clothes to the last minute – it’s best to do this the night before, so you feel as organized as possible.
11. A friendly, professional greeting and waiting
When you enter the interview building, greet reception staff in a friendly, professional manner. Introduce yourself and explain that you’re there for an interview and provide the name of the interviewer/s.
Adopt a professional approach when you’re sat waiting for the interview, using positive, confident body language. Now isn’t the time to check your social media accounts or WhatsApp your friends. Instead, switch your phone off before you enter the building and leave it alone until afterwards.