Finally you have received that phone call for a job you have been waiting for. It felt like forever, huh! Just waiting on that call back can be nerve wrecking. Now your mind is racing wondering if you will get the job. The best way to feel a bit more confident about your interview is to prepare. How in the world do you prepare? Well here’s 5 simple steps to help prepare and ace an interview.
1. Update your resume
Many jobs require sending a resume upon applying for a position. Though you may have already sent your resume in always have a copy for reference purposes or if the employer ” mistakenly misplaced” your original resume. Your resume should be relevant to the position you are trying to obtain. For example: You have applied for Shakes Warehouse. All warehouse positions you have worked should be listed on your resume. Your resume speaks your ability to perform the position applied for.
2. Research the company
Because I once was a hiring manager, I can almost guarantee during the interview the question will be asked, “What do you know about the company?” Try to know at least 3 things about the company that an average person doesn’t know. This shows the employer you are actually interested in the company and they are not just on the list of jobs applied for.
Now we all have our own distinctive way we like to dress. There is nothing wrong with being different. Be sure your wardrobe is interview ready. Ladies blouses should not show any cleavage nor should it be sheer. Excessive jewelry is not appropriate. Stud earrings are appropriate. You don’t need to be blinged out. Skirts and dresses should be knee length. Sounds like a lot? Well there’s a professional dress code almost everywhere.
Gentlemen I haven’t forgotten about you. Pants are to be worn on your waist. If you have belt loops, put on a belt. A nice button down or Polo style shirt will be appropriate. Let’s remember the first physical appearance speaks louder than words spoken during the interview.
4. Practice Interview
Have a friend or family member act as the employer. Practicing ahead of time helps to build confidence. When first greeted by the employer always shake his or her hand. Whether the employer extends his or her hand. Be sure to extend yours. Only sit when offered to take a seat by the employer. Once seated be sure to not slouch. Sit upright. Eye contact at all times. Answer questions with confidence.
5. A few last pointers:
Be on time! I cannot stress enough how important it is to be on time. Some employers will not interview you if you are late. Being on time is being seated in the waiting room 15 minutes before your scheduled interview. Do realize even the receptionist is watching. Do not talk or text on the phone while waiting to be interviewed. Usually at the end of the interview the employer will ask if you have any questions. Always have at least 3 questions to ask the employer. Questions should not have anything to do with pay or benefits. After the interview send a thank you card to the employer whether or not you receive the job.
Now you’re on your way to acing your interview. I believe it and so should you. Claim your victory!