Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Five things to do before an interview

Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Setting up a job interview can be daunting, especially if you’re new to the workforce or don’t have much experience in the field. Everyone wants to make a great first impression, but it’s hard to do that if you’re nervous or ill prepared. That’s why it’s important to think of ways you can get ready for the interview that will help you feel confident and, ultimately, impress the boss.

Fortunately, there are several easy ways you can do this. The first step is to take stock of your skills and evaluate yourself, because the interviewer will likely ask you to do this in the interview. Think about what you can bring to the position and write down your strengths and weaknesses. Be honest, because if you get the job you’ll need to prove yourself.

Here are five of the best ways to prepare for an interview the night before.

Get some sleep

You won’t be able to start off on a positive note if you’re tired, and it will be much harder to concentrate and think clearly if you haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep. Create a relaxing ritual to perform before bed; light some lavender candles, take a hot bath or shower, and turn off all screens - computer, phone, television to prevent sleep interruptions. Double-check your alarm and make sure you make the room comfortable: set the right temperature, turn off all the lights, and snuggle in for a good rest.

Get organized

You’ll have peace of mind if you get organized the night before your interview rather than waiting until the day of. This means gathering any paperwork you’ll need, including a resume, references, and copies of your ID and social security card. Put these neatly into a folder so they won’t get lost; lay out a notebook and pen, as well, so you can take notes during the interview. Taking notes will show the boss that you’re invested in this job and are serious about making it your career. For more info on what employers are looking for in a new hire, read on here.

Do some research

It’s important to do some research on the company so that you’ll be well informed; this shows that you’ve taken initiative and have the qualities of a leader. Look up the year the company was founded, how many people are employed there, and any information you can find on the product or service they provide. Take notes and write down any questions you have.

Lay out your outfit

It will really start your day off on the wrong foot if you have to spend an hour in your closet, searching for the perfect outfit. Because the first impression is so important and because many employers have reported dealing with interviewees who don’t know how to dress professionally - it’s imperative to show up dressed to impress. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money on a new wardrobe; there are many classic pieces you can invest in that will mix and match. Button down shirts, dark slacks, understated shoes, and skirts that are an office-appropriate length are perfect. Keep hairstyles, makeup, and jewelry simple.

Get some help from a friend

It may be helpful to do something that will boost your confidence, such as holding a mock interview. Think of some questions your interviewer might ask and have a friend run through them with you a few times so you can come up with straightforward answers in the moment rather than being caught off guard. These questions might include:

● What is your five-year plan?
● What would your former boss say is your greatest weakness?
● What can you bring to this position?

Remember to have a firm handshake and look your interviewer in the eye. This shows confidence and will leave a favorable first impression. With these simple steps and a bit of preparation, you can nail that interview and score your dream job.