It is imperative to be as prepared as possible when walking in to a job interview, as the moment you walk into the room your potential employers will judge you based on the first impression you give them.
There are a number of ways that you can ensure you are ready for your job interview and we are going to explore three of these ways in this article:
Do Your Research
Our first tip would be to do thorough research on the company you are attending the interview for. It may seem like common sense, but a lot of people show up to their interviews with little to no knowledge of the company they are wanting to join.
Not having the adequate knowledge needed to answer simple questions about the company and its mission, for example, will not make you a favorable candidate for the job, instantly putting your chance of getting the job at jeopardy.
It is advisable that you learn the company’s full name, its mission and its founding year, as well as the clients they work with or the projects they have on the go at the moment. Additionally, it’s a good idea to visit their offices the day before your interview, to ensure that you are familiar with the area, know where you need to be, and leave enough time arrive at the office in enough time, avoiding being late or getting lost.
Use the day before your interview wisely. After you have done the research needed about the company and its background and found out where it is you need to go to, it’s ideal to write down a list of good questions that you can ask the interviewer in your interview when you have the chance.
Intelligent questions that are to the point are where you should start, and you should include the likes of ‘what are the goals for this particular role?’ and ‘how does the company measure success?’.
These questions will show that you are serious, curious and ambitious, as well as show the interviewer that you are thinking about your future at their company and are motivated and want to succeed.
However, you need to make sure that the questions you are asking cannot be found on the company’s website, as you do not want the company to think that you have not done your homework.
Believe in Yourself
There is nothing that will calm your nerves more than being positive and believing in yourself and your abilities. If you have done your research and feel as prepared as possible, all that is left to do is give yourself some much-needed encouragement.
You can start by making sure you look good by dressing up in an outfit that makes you feel confident and smart, this is a good starting point and will ensure that you are comfortable throughout the length of your interview.
Secondly you can think back on the best moments you have had throughout your career, this will help you to stay relaxed and realize your worth, helping you to shine while interacting with your interviewer.
The three tips above are a guide to just a few of things you should pay attention to in order to be as ready as possible for your up-coming interview. Good luck!