The job interview is stressful because there is a lot at stake and you cannot know for certain what to expect. However, there are ways to bring certainty to the process. It all revolves around interview preparation.
What You Can Do to Prepare
Good interview preparation means to be ready for the unexpected. So, how can you prepare?
- Review the job posting in detail and research the Web to have a good sense of what the employer is looking for.
- Review your job application, including your cover letter and resume, to be ready to discuss any questions the interviewer may have that derive from these documents.
- Prepare yourself to answer some basic interview questions, such as “tell me about yourself” or “why are you interested in this position?”
- Decide ahead of time what you are going to wear and what mode of transportation you will use to attend the interview.
- If possible, ask who will be interviewing you and do some background research.
- If possible, ask about the interview process to know what to expect down the road.
The Day Before the Interview
Last but not least, visualize the day of the interview. This means going through all the sequence of events that you expect will happen the day of the interview. For instance, if your interview is scheduled in the morning, close your eyes and visualize yourself waking up, brushing your teeth, …, eating breakfast, getting ready to leave your home, commuting to the interview location, greeting the interviewer, sitting down at the interview table, etc. If you do this, you will feel more in control come interview day. This, in turn, will boost your confidence.
Following are additional articles on interview preparation:
- How to Prepare for the Job Interview… One Step at a Time
- E-Sleuthing Your Next Employer
- Do You Know Your Resume?
- How to Get Ready for the Job Interview
- How to Improve Your Interviewing Skills
- How to Prepare for a Job Interview
- 7 Ways to Impress Your Interviewer Before You Even Get There!