A job interview can be a bit stressful, even for someone who has been on many over the years, because there's a lot riding on that all-important first impression. Obviously, you want to knock it out of the park and enhance your available options for taking the next step in your career, so how can you give yourself the confidence to succeed?
It all starts at home, with the right approach to preparing for the meeting. The following interview prep tips should go a long way toward instilling yourself with the confidence you need.
1) Look into the company's story - and your potential interviewers
It's important to know as much as you can learn in an hour or two about the company, its culture and its general mission, according to Career Sidekick. You don't need to turn yourself into an unofficial historian, but knowing the broad strokes is always a good idea. So, too, is looking up your potential boss and the hiring manager on social media to learn more about them.
2) Think about exactly why you want to work there
There is undoubtedly a reason you applied for this job, and why they chose your resume out of potentially hundreds for an in-person or phone interview, Career Sidekick said. Likewise, you should think about why this company is a good fit for you, just as much as why you would work well within their operations. That way, you can remind yourself why you're enduring the homework and stress.
3) Practice your answers to common interview questions
In just about any interview, you're likely to be asked a handful of common questions about your work history or the industry itself, according to The Muse. Based on the field you work in, a little research will likely help you understand exactly what these questions are, so you can come up with a concise, practiced answer that makes you look like the best possible candidate.
4) Make sure you have questions of your own
At the end of your meeting, you will almost undoubtedly be asked if you have any questions for the interviewer - and the answer should always be "Yes," The Muse advised. Coming up with even a few questions you have about the company, how it operates, what would be expected of you and so on should be relatively simple, especially if you're not trying to think of something on the fly.
5) Make sure you know your own resume
One thing that might be especially important if you wrote your resume some time ago and have been sending it out for a while now is you might need to study that document, according to The Undercover Recruiter. That way, any questions your interviewer may have about your work experience shouldn't be difficult to answer.
6) Dress for success
Finally, you will want to ascertain what constitutes an appropriate outfit for the interview, The Undercover Recruiter added. For instance, if you know this is a fairly casual office, wearing something like a nice collared shirt and khakis (or even a tie) will be acceptable. However, for offices with stricter dress codes a suit and tie will be the better choice.