Having a big interview on the horizon can be extremely scary – especially if you really want to nail it and get offered the position at the end of it all. Below, you’ll find 7 steps that will help you to prepare for your big interview. Take the steps and you’ll feel so much better going in.
Research The Company
Start by researching the company – you should have a good idea of what they do and their values. Read their blog posts, review their linkedin and social media pages, and so as much research as you can elsewhere.
Make A List Of Questions To Ask The Interviewer
Make sure you go armed with a list of questions to ask the interviewer. Make sure you show that you’re interested in the company and the role – sometimes, asking a question for the sake of it can be better than saying you have no questions.
Do Research On The Person/People Who Will Be Interviewing You
Doing research on the people who will be interviewing you can also be useful if you want to stroke their ego a little bit and feel them out before the day.
Practice The Questions You Might Be Asked
Make sure you practice the questions you may be asked – you can even go a step further and practice your body language. Make sure you’ve carefully read through the job description so that you don’t get tripped up.
Some basic examples include:
- Tell us about yourself
- What interests you about this job?
- What is your work style like?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- What are your salary requirements?
- Do you have any questions?
If you’re so inclined, you might want to look at getting weed out of your system to make sure nothing is going to get in your way on the day.
Test Out The Company’s Products/Services
Testing out the products and services will help you to be better prepared for the interview, and could even potentially impress the interviewer.
Review Your Facebook And Other Social Media Channels
Many companies will now check over your social channels to make sure you’re portraying the right kind of persona online. Delete anything that could cast you in a negative light – these things really can come back to bite you.
Take The Right Documents With You
You will need to make sure you have copies of your resume, a list of references and their information, copies of glowing reference letters, work samples, and anything else that may be relevant. Just be sure you’re not giving away any confidential information that you shouldn’t be.
When you have completed all of the above, all you have to worry about is making sure you arrive early, taking traffic on the day into account, and ensuring you’re dressed for the part you’d like to get. Do your best to stay positive – this will be a lot easier if you’re properly prepared. Take deep breaths and relax once you’ve arrived!