So, you have applied to job after job and have finally received that long awaited call for an interview! Congratulations! Scoring an interview is often half the battle. Once you have set up a date and time for your interview there are a few things you should do in order to prepare yourself for the process.
- Do Your Research
It may benefit you to learn a bit about the company you will be interviewing with. Find out what their business model looks like and what their philosophy is. Walking into an interview with these facts will show the interviewer that you are knowledgeable and have taken the time to find out a little more about them.
- Be On Time
Punctuality cannot be overlooked. If you show up 15 minutes late to your interview the hiring manager will not be able to help but wonder if you will be late for work as well. Make sure you allow plenty of time to get to your interview and try to arrive 15 minutes early, being on time shows that you value your potential employers’ time.
- Bring a Hard Copy of Your Resume
If you have submitted an application/resume online or via fax, email, or snail mail you will want to bring a hard copy of the documents to your interview. Not only does this show that you are well prepared it also gives the interviewer quick access to your information and saves them the hassle of shuffling through papers or trying to locate the resume in their e-mail inbox.
- Dress Like You Have Already Got the Job
Often times potential employees underestimate the importance of the interview outfit. You don’t need to spend a ton of money on a swanky new suit, you simply need to look well put together. Make sure your hair and nails are well groomed and that your clothes are pressed and clean. First impressions are important and cannot be unmade. Take the time to make sure you are dressed for success.
- Be Prepared
Bring along your own list of questions. The interview process is not just an opportunity for a potential employer to find out all about you. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and find out if the company would be a good fit for you. There is always the possibility that the needs of the company and your personal needs will not mesh. You may want to ask questions regarding salary, hours, job responsibilities, and benefits.
- Be Confident, Not Cocky
Confidence compliments even the sparsest of resumes. If you can show that you have confidence in your skills and abilities a potential employer will be inclined to believe in them as well. There is, however, a difference between being confident and being overly confident. If you convey a know-it-all attitude it shows that you may be unwilling to learn and grow as a professional. It is important to check your ego at the door and let our skills and experience speak for themselves.
The interview process can be intimidating and you may not get the first position you interview for. It’s ok! Interviewing with multiple companies allows you to practice and gain more confidence as you move through the process. There is a job out there that is the perfect fit for you.