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May 14, 2019

How to Successfully Prepare for an Interview


After the excitement of getting an in-person interview settles, it is time to start your preparing. Depending on how far in advance you have scheduled the interview, you might not need to begin immediately, but you also don’t want to push it off until the day of. Starting the process the day before and slowly checking off everything on this to do list, will ensure that you are organized, systematic, and ready to ace the interview.

Day Before

It’s important to make sure you have a strong understanding of the job and the company. Even jobs with the same title can have very different responsibilities, so going over the specifics will ensure you bring up relevant details and examples during your interview.

It may feel awkward during the moment, but practicing the interview will ensure your answers are smooth and concise. Having a family member or friend interview you will also allow them to give you some feedback about the speed of your answers, your enunciation, and your examples.

Although they already have a copy, proofread your resume for any minor mistakes you could have missed and print multiple copies. Fives copies should be enough, but if they mentioned the interview being more than an hour or it being a panel interview, ten copies would be better.

Even if the office is in an area that you have been to, figuring out how you’ll get there and how long the commute will be is very important. If you can, try to determine if the time you’ll be traveling is prone to any additional traffic, but regardless, leave plenty of time.

Night Before

Figuring out what you’re going to wear and trying it on to make sure everything fits right is crucial. Depending what the company dress code is, dress in business or business casual attire, and remember it is always better to look more professional than less.

Whether it be a purse, briefcase or backpack, make sure to pack your bag with everything you might need, including your resumes, a notebook, and a few pens. Furthermore, throwing in some gum, a small mirror, and a stain removal stick will sure you walk in looking your best.

After so much preparation, it is important to take a moment and relax. Pushing yourself to memorize answers or know every detail about the company’s history will only unnecessarily stress you out. Remember they’re already impressed with you, or you wouldn’t have the interview.

Finally, getting at least 8 hours of sleep the night before is crucial to making sure you are alert and focused during the interview. Set a few alarms to make sure you’ll have pliantly of time to get ready and arrive for the interview at least 5 minutes early.

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