Being interviewed for a job can be an incredibly stressful experience, whether you’re going on your first ever job interview or for the hundredth time. The job market is definitely more competitive now than in the past, and besides presenting yourself as a more qualified worker than your rivals, you will also have to keep your nerves steady enough to impress someone whom you have probably never met before. To help you succeed in this all-important career rite of passage, discussed below are five essential things that you must do prior to your job interview.
The first thing that you should do is research the hiring company as well as the position you are applying for. Know the company’s history, its role in the industry, and show how much you know about the job that they are asking for. After all, one of the most common questions asked during a job interview is, “what do you know about this company?” Interviewers also frequently ask applicants what they can offer the company; your answer to this question will be a lot more impressive if you actually know details about the company. In addition to knowing details about the business, also try to find out the name of the person interviewing you. If you can’t find the name of the job recruiter prior to the interview, then ask for it before you commence. Knowing the other person’s name can help make things seem less like an interrogation and more like a relaxed exchange between future colleagues.
Of course, one way you can ensure confidence during the job interview is by practicing. You can always practice with friends and loved ones, but keep in mind that doing so will not be as effective as working with an interview coach. An interview coach can help recreate the right mood for you to tame your nerves; they can also provide you with an objective assessment of your performance. This is something that close friends and family may not be able to offer you, since they may resort to sugar-coating their comments to avoid hurting your feelings.
When you finally reach the day of the job interview, the most important things that you should do are be on time and dress appropriately. Being on time somehow reflects how serious you are about the job, and while you will be judged based on your achievements, your appearance will actually say more about your qualities as a worker than your resume.
Lastly, when the interview is over, make sure that you follow up with a note expressing your appreciation for being considered by the company. Such an act conveys your sincerity in being interested in the position — a quality that can help you land the job in the end.