There really is no such thing as being over prepared for an interview. The more you are prepped and ready to go, the more confident you can be and have your dazzling knowledge, skills, and abilities shine through. Here are some tips on how to prepare for that nerve wracking interview.
1.) Speak out loud
Look up interview questions and practice going through the answers – out loud. You may think it is enough to plan out your words in your head, but it can be surprisingly difficult to answer even seemingly easy questions like, “Tell me a little about yourself,” without practicing beforehand. It may feel silly, but talk the answers through to yourself, a friend, or your stuffed animal and really focus on the details you want to get through to your future employers.
2.) Lay out your outfit
This may make you feel like a second grader, but planning and laying out your outfit choice will only make things run more smoothly. The night before your interview, physically lay out the clothes you plan to wear in a safe place. It can be the worst feeling when you so certain that tie or blouse was in your closet, but is nowhere to be found when you’re getting dressed.
3.) On the topic of clothes...
The way you look during your interview is going to be the first impression an employer has of you. It can be difficult to decide what to wear to an interview and how formal or casual to go. If your working with a recruiter make sure to ask them what the proper attire is for the interview! It’s usually a safe bet to elevate the attire you would typically wear on the job. This is where knowing the company's culture is key and dressing accordingly (i.e. startup = business casual, finance company = business formal).
4.) Review your resume
Review your resume and make sure everything is up to date! In addition to honing down your resume and making sure information is recent and relevant. Have a few examples or stories ready in mind that showcases your abilities from past experience. Make sure you can tell the story of each job and how it has prepared your for the position you're applying for. Print out a few copies and bring them in a folder to your interview. Even if the recruiter does not specifically ask for a resume, it does not hurt to have a few on hand.
5.) Getting to your destination
Make sure you know how you’re getting to your interview in advance, and most importantly, where it is. Even the sharpest direction instincts can dull when you’re flustered and nervous about an interview. You want to make sure that nothing gets in the way of you showcasing your knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the job.
Remember that the main point of an interview is to prove you're the most qualified candidate and that you have the necessary motivation and abilities. Now, relax and smile—you’re ready!