10 Things to do Before a Job Interview

“Besides getting several paper cuts in the same day or receiving the news that someone in your family has betrayed you to your enemies, one of the most unpleasant experiences in life is a job interview.” That maybe an exaggeration, nonetheless you will know what I’m talking about if you have a job interview soon.  It may be your first ever job interview. Or not. Whatever the case is, this list is going to work for you. So don’t worry because I’m here to tell you what you should be doing prior to an interview. 

  1. Research

About the company. This will inevitably go a long way in boosting your confidence although you’ll learn a lot about the organization during the interview itself. Without knowing about your company (its services, products, customers and competition), how can you be possibly prepared to face the interview? When you understand their goal better, you’ll be able to market yourself better. This way, you can tackle the “why should we hire you?” question. And beat the other candidates.

  1. Be punctual

If you intend to sell yourself (which you definitely do in a job interview), don’t forget to be on time. It mirrors your sincerity, earnestness and commitment. So leave your home (or hotel) well before time. It’s better to always keep some room for traffic jams or rains. Arriving early will also help you stay composed.

  1. Dress up keeping in mind the culture of the company

Some companies boast of a strict dress code. Others don’t mind a non formal attire. Pay attention to your shoes. (Un)fortunately, we are perceived by the way we dress. Even before we have opened our mouth, people seem to have already formed an opinion about us. And that is exactly why dressing up properly prior to an interview is imperative.

  1. Be friendly to receptionists and security guards

Or anyone who happens to greet you on your way. Treat them right, for who knows who might influence your hiring manager? You shouldn’t jeopardize your chances of getting hired just because you were not affable or amiable enough.

  1. Know your CV and job profile

How can I stress this more? Don’t be the candidate who doesn’t know his (or her) CV by heart. Additionally, being aware of your job profile will be of assistance in responding to “ why do you want to work with us?” You’ll get a good sense of the skills the hiring manager is seeking. Go impress him!

  1. Rehearse

It is imperative to practice well before an interview. You know the expected questions to prepare answers to. Begin by making a list of the commonly asked questions. When you practice in front of a mirror, you’ll come to notice the areas that need improvement.

  1. Carry your materials

Have your resume and certificates (and extra copies) at your fingertip. Never leave before making sure you have all the essential documents. If you’re specifically asked to bring something, place them in a briefcase the day before.

  1. Switch off your mobile phone

Instead of putting your phone on vibration, simply switch it off for the time being. Don’t take any risk for all you want is to make the best impression on the interviewer. An intervention by your phone appears both rude and discourteous. Now do you really want that?

  1. Remember one or two things you want to cash in on

It may be anything, ranging from your leadership qualities to your writing skills. It will give you an edge over other candidates. Remember that an interview is a conversation which should not appear scripted or unauthentic in anyway.

  1. Relax

Don’t go on rehearsing till the eleventh hour. Besides, you should try and avoid getting distracted. Shun Instagram for a bit. Your state of mind will be evident to your interviewer, so why not present yourself more professionally? Good luck!

It’s essential to stand straight and make eye contact in an interview. A firm handshake usually goes a long way in working in your favor. There will never be a second chance to make a first impression. In order to ace that interview of yours, do listen to your interviewer without talking too much. Also, don’t be cocky nor desperate. It’s extremely important that you ask questions because it reveals your interest and enthusiasm. And try to be optimistic. However, be yourself for it is easy to see through insincerity. So, don’t be afraid to be genuine. After an interview, send a thank you note to the hiring manager within a day. This will amply reflect your interest in the given job. You ought to notify your references as they are likely to receive a call. While following up, you can ask the hiring manager when would he or she be making a decision. You might also be able to provide any other information, if required. Or, you can straightway ask when should you follow up. A company might be in favor of either electronic communication or telephonic communication. So you must choose the wisely. But steer clear of annoying your employer. You simply want to communicate your passion and perseverance. In the mean time, prepare yourself for a second interview. The hiring process is a time consuming one. Yet, keep up the job search. I’m sorry to break it to you that nothing is certain until you’re offered the job. So the trick is to continue pursuing other opportunities. Even if you’re rejected for a certain job, you have to move on. Remember that every rejection is a lesson. You must not blame yourself, instead you have to ditch the temptation to take it personally. You can ask the interviewer for a feedback instead of insisting them to hire you. It’s important to realize that you can always improve yourself. We can keep learning for the future. You may need to modify your resume and your cover letter. At the end of the day, there will always be things that are way out of our control.

“In most cases, the best strategy for a job interview is to be fairly honest, because the worst thing that can happen is that you won’t get the job and will spend the rest of your life foraging for food in the wilderness and seeking shelter underneath a tree or the awning of a bowling alley that has gone out of business.”


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