Job Interview Preparation

Interview Preparation

There are very few things in life that can make you more stressed out than a job interview. It doesn’t matter how many interviews you have gone on, going to job interviews is always going to be stressful. One way to make it a lot less stressful is to be really prepared for the interview in advance, so that you are relaxed and at ease when it comes time for you to answer an employer’s questions.

 

Interviewers can tell when someone is nervous and unprepared, and when interviewees are more relaxed because they have really prepared themselves, and this can mean the difference between getting and not getting the job you really want.

 

Lay Your Clothes Out

 

You should never wait until just before you leave for a job interview to decide what to wear. It is always important to dress your best for job interviews, so it is a really good idea to have your clothes all picked out and ready the night before the interview. Find the ideal outfit for the interview, which should be something that is business-like and fairly dressy. Men should wear suits, or at the very least, dress pants, a nice shirt and a tie. Women should wear nice dresses, or skirts or dress pants with blouses or sweaters. Footwear should go with the outfit, and be right for the season.

 

If the clothes you plan to wear to your job interview are wrinkled, it is best to iron them the night before the interview as you are picking them out. This is going to save you a lot of time the next day, when you are going to have other, more important things on your mind than if you have a couple of wrinkles in your outfit.

 

Do Research on the Company

 

If you can go into an interview and show that you have some knowledge about the company, this is going to go a long way towards impressing the interviewer. Plus, the more you know about the company and the position you are applying for ahead of time, the easier the interview process is going to be, both for you and for the interviewer.

 

Don’t Smoke, Eat, Drink or Chew Gum at the Interview

 

It looks really unprofessional to eat, smoke, drink or chew gum when you are at job interviews. You may already know this, but you’d be surprised what people do sometimes. Not only does it look bad, if you are chewing on something, especially something crunchy, you may miss important things that the interviewer is saying or asking, not to mention that, it’s incredibly unprofessional and it’s safe to say that no one would hire you. Never do any of these things, and if you are a smoker, do not smoke right before the interview, so you don’t smell like a walking ashtray when you arrive. If you do need to have a cigarette to calm your nerves before the interview, make sure that you have a body spray that you can mist yourself with, and a couple of breath mints (that will be gone before the interview of course). Play it safe, don’t smoke before an interview – your clothes will smell like smoke.

 

If you are well prepared, and have the skills employers are looking for, you should have no trouble at all acing job interviews. The trick is to be as prepared as you can, and to look and act like a professional.
 
 


 
 

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