You’ve sent out dozens of interviews, written what feels like a million cover letters, and finally got the email you’ve been waiting for: an invitation to a job interview. You spent an entire day perfecting your resume and writing several drafts of a cover letter that shows your best talents and skills for a job of which you’d be a perfect fit.
The hard work paid off, and you landed the interview for your dream job.
An interview can feel intimidating, particularly when it’s for a job that means a lot to you. The best way to ease any anxiety you might have is to prepare as much as possible. The more you know about the position and the company, the more self-assured and positive you’ll feel.
Let’s look at how to prepare to feel confident about your upcoming job interview.
Research, Research, Research
One of the first things that employers will notice is how much you know about their organization. What do you understand about their values? Did you have a chance to look over their financial plan for the upcoming year?
Remember that smart people make great companies and interviewers want to see that you’ve done your homework. They’ll be impressed by your knowledge of the company’s background and policies. By exhibiting a depth of genuine knowledge about the company and specific industry, you’re demonstrating that you’d make an excellent contribution to the organization’s success rate.
Practice interviews are an effective way to hear yourself answer any pertinent questions you think will be thrown your way and help prepare for anything unexpected.
Before you attempt a practice interview, the first thing to do is to go through the posted job description thoroughly. Know it inside and out so that you’ll be prepared to speak to any of the requirements. If you mentioned that you’re a pro in Adobe Suite, make sure you know what you’re talking about!
Then, create a list of questions related to the position and write down well-researched answers.
Ask a loved one (a friend, partner, family member) to do a mock interview with you, and encourage them to challenge you a little with a few complex scenario questions. If an employer asks you something tough during the real interview, you might better understand how to answer it well when you’ve already had an opportunity to think about your responses.
Consider Interview Etiquette
It’s essential to look polished on the day of the interview. If you’re actively looking for a job, it’s a good idea to have an interview outfit ready, including a crisp blazer and suit.
Remember to greet the receptionist politely and to exude friendliness at all times. During the interview, remember to:
- Be attentive
- Watch your body language
- Shake hands firmly
- Make eye contact as you articulate your points.
You can work on these items during your practice interview. You can also brush up on your interview etiquette by reaching out to a professional recruitment agency. They can help narrow down your job search while also tailoring your interview skills.
Use these tips to land the job you deserve. With a little legwork, you’ll be finalizing a new job contract in no time.