Everyone loves to get the phone call: “This is John Smith. I’m calling to see if you would like to come in for a job interview.” Preparation for an interview should begin at least three days before the interview is scheduled to take place. Here are some tips to help you prepare:
Do Your Homework: A little research goes a long way. Two days before the interview spend a couple hours learning about the company. This will give you that extra bit of confidence you need to ace the interview.
Practice Q & A: One night prior to the interview try a mock question and answer. Ask a friend to conduct the interview, or practice on your own with a list of frequently-asked interview questions. During the actual interview, don’t panic if you are not asked any of the questions you practiced. The point is to “warm up” to the process of answering questions on the fly.
Attire: Make sure your interview clothes are clean and pressed a few days beforehand. Also, make sure to have an umbrella on-hand in case of rain.
Bring Your Résumé and a Working Pen: Take at least three copies of your résumé and store them in a folder where they will stay clean and unwrinkled. Make sure your purse or briefcase is stocked with everything else you’ll need, such as a working pen, a notebook, breath mints, and a comb.