It’s no secret that the job interview is the most difficult part of the application process. There’s so much riding on the interview performance, you can’t afford not to prepare.
Preparation isn’t just the difference between getting a job offer and not getting one, it’s also the difference between getting an offer you’re interested in and one you feel insulted by. Clearly, it’s important for you to put in as much time as possible when getting ready for a job interview. Below are six ways you can best prepare to succeed.
1) Research, Research
It’s hard to overstate how important it is to thoroughly research a company before walking into an interview.
Research accomplishes two things. First, it equips you with knowledge that will undoubtedly come in handy during your conversation. Second, when you walk into an interview with a deep understanding of the company, it gives you a massive confidence boost.
The official website, social media profiles, and a Google News search are all effective ways to research an organization.
2) Drill Down on the Job Description
When a company puts together a job description, especially a good company, it doesn’t do so willy-nilly. Job descriptions are supposed to be extremely thoughtful and targeted compositions. For you, the job seeker, this means job descriptions are a wealth of information on the type of employee the company is seeking.
Take note of the knowledge, skills, and experience listed in the job description, as well as the tone, which can be an indicator of the company culture.
3) Practice Until You’re Bored, and Then Practice Some More
Even the most relaxed of people get a bit of nerves when they walk into an interview. The best way to get over these nerves is to have the material you are going to present down cold. If you have done good research and practice enough, you can lean on what you have learned to overcome any nerves.
4) Have a Good Outfit
While many people would love to be judged solely on their skills, experience, and interview performance, the reality is that appearance matters, probably more than it should.
If you want to win over your interviewer, you need to look good. Make sure you have an interview outfit that is professional and looks great, but isn’t overly flashy or revealing.
5) Have Your Materials Ready
For a lot of job interviews, the only thing you need to bring is a couple of extra copies of your resume, a list of references, and any questions you might have for the person interviewing you. For some positions, you’re expected to bring in examples of your work and other materials. Make sure all your materials are in order well in advance of the interview date.
6) Know the Commute
It might seem like a minor thing, but you should always know how to you are going to get to your interview. Make sure your interview commute is well planned out and be aware of any potential for delay. This information isn’t just useful on the day of the interview, it can also give you a sense of what your daily commute would be like, and that can factor into your decision to accept a job offer.
We Can Help You Prepare
At NSC, we not only connect job seekers to great job opportunities, but we also prepare our job seekers to take advantage of them. Please contact us today to find out how we can support you through the application and interview process.