Planning ahead will lead to a less stressful interview
If you have a job interview coming up, congratulations! Getting an interview is an encouraging step. It means the employer wants to find out more about you. Try to make the most out of this important opportunity. Spend time planning for your job interview using these helpful tips.
1. Learn about the employer
Going to an interview without knowing anything about the company is a mistake. Make sure you take some time to read the company’s website. View their Facebook and LinkedIn pages. Look on Google News to see if the company has been in the news recently. Find out how many employees work there. See if you can find their annual report or other financial information about them. This way you will be more informed during the interview.
2. Write out your own questions
Interviews are not just about answering questions. They are about asking questions too. This is your chance to see if this company would be a good employer for you. After learning about the company and re-reading the job posting, come up with a list of questions that you would like to know. They can be about the job position or about the company’s history. Just be sure to avoid questions like “how much does it pay” or “how much vacation would I get”?
3. Practice makes perfect
Practicing for an interview is very important to getting comfortable with the process. If your career school has a Career Services Department, be sure to schedule a mock interview. During a mock interview, a Career Services advisor pretends to be the interviewer. You show up dressed for the interview, and the advisor conducts the mock interview. Afterwards, the advisor will give you feedback about how to improve your interview skills. Schedule more than one mock interview so that you can become more and more comfortable.
4. Check your network
On the theory that there are only six degrees of separation, maybe there’s a chance that you know someone who works for this employer. Review your LinkedIn connections, ask your friends and family, and try to find out if you might have some connection to this employer. If you do, it’s possible the person can put in a good word for you before your interview. Don’t be afraid to ask! The person may also be able to answer other questions for you, like what it’s like to work for the company.
5. Plan out what you are wearing and how to get there
Don’t wait until the last minute to figure out what to wear. Plan out your interview suit well in advance. In addition, you should map out how to get to the interview. Figure out when you need to leave in order to arrive about 10 minutes early. Make sure you print out a few copies of your resume, a list of references, and your list of questions. Doing all of this in advance will avoid rushing on the day of the interview.
As the day approaches, be sure to read up on job interview tips and take these 5 important steps. Following these steps should give you a calmer, more self-assured interview experience. So hold your chin up, put on your smile, and walk into that interview with confidence!
This article was provided by the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health. For more job-seekers’ advice, visit our weekly blog.