Congratulations! You landed an interview for the job you’ve been obsessing over for years. The application process seems to have finally paid off. While that tedious process may be over, you still have some work to do in order to land that job! Preparing for your interview is key to making sure you stay at the top of their list. Below are steps on how to be fully prepared for your big day so you can land your dream job with ease.
Dress to Impress
First impressions are everything! From the moment you walk into the office, the interview begins. Before you even speak, the employer has an idea of who you are based on your attire and body language. Curate an outfit that has a nice balance between sophistication and showing off your personality. The way you dress for an interview will also vary depending on the industry; however, you can never go wrong with a white blouse and a pencil skirt or slacks. A pair of low heels will make the look extra polished while also being easy to walk in. Also, do some research on the company dress code and culture so you know what employees tend to wear. Don’t forget to have your hair either up or away from your face. Your face should also have minimal makeup, unless you are interviewing at Sephora, of course! And lastly, abstain from wearing too much perfume as it can be distracting.
Do your Research
Before the big day, make sure you thoroughly research the company. Reading their mission statement will give you the idea of the type of company they are, and what types of employees they’re looking for. An employer might ask a simple question about the company, or ask you why you wish to work for them. The correct answer will most likely be in the mission statement! Another way to prepare is to fully read the job description. Make a list of skills, qualities, and characteristics that will be essential to fulfill the position. Match that list to your personal qualifications. When the question, “What are your strengths” comes up, you will have the answer!
A crucial part of preparing for an interview is to know the exact location of your potential employer’s office. Research the fastest and easiest way to get there. Whether traveling by car or via public transportation, make sure you know exactly how to arrive on time. A rule of thumb is to arrive at least 15 minutes early. Arriving early will show the potential employer that you are reliable and responsible.
It is not only important to listen to your potential employer but to be engaging as well. Employers like it when a candidate asks questions and makes suggestions. This is why doing your research is so important! With knowledge of the company, you won’t end up asking a general question that can be easily answered by reading their website. Also, try to establish a connection with the employer. Don’t be intimated by their position; speak to them like you would a professional colleague. Viewing them in this manner will ease the nerves and you will exude confidence while speaking!
Practice, Practice, Practice
The final step is to practice! Sit down with a friend or parent and prepare a mock interview. Before you begin, advise them of the position and company you will be interviewing for. We provided a list above of very generic and common questions you can practice with, but also make sure you come up with a few new and creative ones. Apart from a mock interview, you can also practice speaking in front of a mirror. Practicing your speech is crucial since employers are turned off by candidates using “um” and “like” while speaking. Speak eloquently and with fluidity. Like the saying goes, “Practice makes perfect!”
Finally, make sure to always be confident! You have studied in school and prepared for this big day for years. You deserve a great job to jumpstart your career. Remember that confidence does not equal arrogance, that is a turn-off for most employers. By confidently being yourself, you are sure to ace your interview! Good luck!
The Faviana Team