Interviews are an opportunity to show your best self and demonstrate to a company that you are the right candidate for the role they want to fill. Before turning up on the day, there are a few things you need to do prior, to give you the best chance at excelling on the day.
1. Job Description
Make sure you have read the full job description before you attend the interview. The chances are, most of the questions you will be asked will be centred around what’s in the document.
Ensure you match your experiences and skills to what the company is looking for. If there is anything you are unclear on, this is the time to do your research.
If there are skills that are required which you currently do not posses, be open about it during the interview and offer your willingness to learn on and off the job in order to master the skill. Platforms like Lynda.com can be an excellent place to start.
2. Job Location
This can be easily over-looked but make sure you know exactly where the company is located and how to get there. Some companies will have multiple sites within the same city so ensure you know which sites the interview is and how you plan to get there.
If you are driving, allow enough time to accommodate for traffic and parking just in case the company doesn’t offer on-sight parking. The last thing you want is driving around looking for parking when you are late.
If you are taking the public transport, make sure you take an earlier bus or train to get you to the location early. This will ensure that, if there are any delays, you give yourself a better chance on getting to your interview on time.
Some companies will have a big campus, make sure you end up at the right entrance. I’ve made that mistake before and had a 10min run (in full suit) to get to the right entrance which meant I was late and sweaty.
3. Virtual Interview
Post 2021, there is a high likelihood that you will be having your interview virtually. Make sure you have a good internet connection (connect via ethernet if possible for better speeds) and your background is clean and clutter-free.
If a particular video conferencing software is required for the interview, make sure you have downloaded it and mastered the software. You don’t want to be late due to technical difficulties.
If the interview is over the phone, make sure you keep background noise to a minimum and speak clearly. I recommend standing up and moving around as it gives you more confidence and energy. If sitting works for you, why not.
4. Research The Company
Spend some time researching the company and what they do. You don’t need to know everything but enough about what they or sell and what you like about the company. The latest headlines from the company will also be good to highlight and shows you are keeping up with current affairs.
5. Research Interviewers/ Panel
If the names of the interviewer or panel are provided, then it’s a must you do your research on them. Get to know their background; where they come from and how long they’ve been at their current role. This will offer you opportunities to ask them questions in the interview.
6. Dress Code
Depending on the role you are applying for, make you dress accordingly(formal or business casual). Prepare your clothing the day before, make sure it still fits just in case it’s been a while since you wore it. Be well groomed and dash of perfume to smell good can only boost your confidence but don’t over do it.
Being well prepared for an interview is the least you can do. It gives you a better chance at excelling and getting the job.
If you have any preparation tips, feel free to share in the comments.