Have you just received the call to attend an interview? Do you know if you’re ready? Use this checklist to help you prepare for the big day.
#1: Read the job description. Read it again. And again. And again.
There’s nothing worse than not knowing the ins and outs of the job you are applying for. Know the job scope like the back of your hand.
Tip: Print out the job description or save it on your phone.
#2: Research the company.
You may think you know them, but don’t leave it to chance. Google is your best friend. Also, see what the company is up to in the news.
Tip: Follow the company on social media.
#3: Prepare for the ‘usual suspects’ interview questions.
Recruiters generally ask the same set of questions. Don’t walk into the interview room unprepared.
Tip: Know these eight steps to a successful interview.
#4: Know what you can ask the recruiter after the interview.
Asking follow-up questions after the interviewers are done asking you their questions is a sure-fire way to show that you’re interested in the job. Be polite, don’t ask about anything you can easily find online, and don’t bring up salary and benefits.
Tip: See points #1 and #2 above.
#5: Choose what to wear.
Dress for success during the interview. Take the time to pick out your outfit and don’t leave it to the last minute. Borrow clothing items if you need to (if you don’t have the money or time to buy something).
Tip: Start saving up for good quality formal wear. A nice tie and slick shoes will always come in handy, so it’s worth setting aside some money for these.
#6: Choose what to bring.
It’s easy to forget your certificates and other important documents. Make sure you have identified what you need to bring, and make copies of them. Be sure to have several passport-sized photographs of yourself, too.
Tip: Assemble your very own interview kit.
#7: Calm your nerves.
The big day is approaching and you are panicking. It’s normal to feel queasy, but try to find ways to relax. It could be listening to music, or picking up a good book. Whatever it is, keep anxiety at bay.
Tip: Try out different ways of calming yourself down. If one method fails, experiment with something else. The goal is to remain cool, calm and collected.