Congratulations! You’ve landed an interview with your dream company, so now it’s time to get ready. There are a lot of things you can do to prepare for your upcoming interview, but these five are some of the best to help you succeed.
1. Study the Employer: While you don’t necessarily need to know every single aspect of a potential employer’s stock portfolio, it’s important to do your homework. Research company culture, job requirements, and even the background of the person you’re interviewing with. All of these will give you leverage when it comes to engagement, and it shows that you’re serious about the opportunity. This could very well set you apart from the next person who walks in for an interview.
2. Study Interview Questions: There are a number of common interview questions that seem like a challenge if you’re unprepared, such as “Tell me about your weaknesses,” or “Give me an example of a time that you failed at something you tried to do.” Having an answer ready for these questions in advance, and being able to relate it in the form of a story, will help demonstrate poise under pressure.
3. Study the Dress Code: It’s never a bad thing to be overdressed for a job interview, but the last thing you want is to be underdressed. Figure out in advance what people are wearing to work at the company where you’re interviewing. Here’s a tip: don’t research this on a Friday, when people tend to dress down.
4. Study the Route: If you’ve never been to the interview location before, don’t wait until the day of the meeting to figure it out. Map it ahead of time, so you know where it is, and how long it takes you to get there. This will also help you factor in the issue of parking, and locating the specific office within the building. Give yourself plenty of time to get there early.
5. Study Yourself: It’s a given that people with confident and authentic personalities report more success in interview situations. If you’re nervous – or if you’re an introvert – practice your interviewing skills in advance. Have a friend or professional contact do a mock interview and give you feedback on things like posture, tone, facial expressions, and other body language. Give yourself a few sessions talking into your mirror, so you can be sure you’re making eye contact during your interview.