Don’t Let a Job Interview Stress You Out
So you scored an interview to one of the thousand places you submitted your resume to. Congrats! Now comes the hard part. A job interview is one of the most nerve-racking situations you will ever find yourself in, but fear not! We’re here to help you prepare for the best interview you’ll ever have.
1. Do Your Research
It helps to brush up on some knowledge about the company you are interviewing for a position at. Is it a small business? Find out as much as you can so that they feel special when they interview you. Look up workplace reviews on Glassdoor to see if you even want the job. It’s a great way to get an idea of what normal day-to-day life is like working for the company and get a better sense of how you will fit in.
2. Review Your Resume
Don’t be embarrassed– we sometimes forget what information we include on our resume and it helps to do a quick review so you aren’t caught off guard when they bring something up.
3. Bring a Copy of a Condensed Resume
Review the job description and chop out the stuff in your resume that isn’t relevant to the position. This is where you can elaborate on some of the skills and experience that you will bring to the table so that your interviewer has a better idea at why you are right for the position. Bring extra copies just in case there are more people in the room.
4. Practicing Answering Tough Questions
Most interviews involve the same questions so don’t think you’re going in completely blind. What you need to do is polish your answers so that they convey why you are right for the job. Glassdoor also has a useful feature that lets you know what questions to expect from a specific company. Do your research on the questions that you expect to be nervous for and learn the best answering tactics.
Question: “Tell me about yourself.”
Answer: “Well, I currently work as a _______ and my duties include ________. Although I like my position, I am hoping to find something where I can utilize my skills in a wider capacity and learn more along the way.”
5. Dress to Impress
Your appearance plays a huge role in securing a job position. You don’t want to arrive over or under dressed to the interview so plan on doing a little shopping if you have to. I recommend wearing something conservative, but something that’ll also stand out so that your interviewer will take notice and have something to remember you by. For example, I knew a guy who went to several interviews and out of all of them, he got the most calls back from places he wore a bowtie to. It’s a quirky way to be remembered and also bring some personality to the meeting.
6. Map Out How You Will Get There
Find directions ahead of time so that you won’t accidentally show up late because you thought you’d be there earlier. This includes finding out where parking is and what is around the building. You should always arrive to the area with enough time to relax before you walk through the door.
7. Stay Positive
Lastly, in the days leading up to the interview, try to assume you already have the position. It’s important to have confidence and it will show during the interview. The key is to remain grounded and not arrogant. Don’t dwell on the idea that you may not get the job. Putting doubt in yourself will mess with your nerves and your anxiety may start to slip during the meeting and it will be noticeable.