There’s a saying that goes— “you don’t go into a battlefield unprepared”. The same can be said for every other thing we do in life.
Being interviewed is a fundamental aspect of every hiring procedure, bearing in mind that you’ve made it past the resume overview. At this stage, your interviewer already knows about your achievements and experiences, it is now time to show them your personality and how you handle yourself in a professional environment. There are a few things required of you before you attend an interview both physically and
mentally. For most people, the buildup before an interview is much more nerve-racking than the substantial interview itself.
It is important that you do whatever you can to the best of your ability, to practice relaxation beforehand. So remember to always take a deep breath right before you go in. here are a few tips on the basic preparedness techniques you can use before an interview.
1. Do your Research: “Know thy enemy” or in this case, “Know thy company”. Search out information online about the company, the interviewer, and the reviews of those that have gone ahead of you. You must know the background of the company you are about to interview for. Conduct research on the role you applied for to help you answer any questions asked.
2. Prepare questions: Think of less obvious but interesting questions to throw to your interviewer about the company and position you are applying for. This shows that you’re enthusiastic and committed to your role and the company.
3. Practice your technique: “Practice makes perfect”’ the saying goes. Practice like you’re already being interviewed and answer questions you feel would be thrown to you. This will boost your confidence level on the D-day.
4. Plan your Journey: Workout a wake-up time, preferable route and transportation means before the day. This will help against arriving late at the venue of the interview.
5. A Good night sleep: “True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment, and refreshment”–William Penn. Getting a good night’s sleep will make you look and feel better, and have you firing on cylinders the next day.
6. Eat a healthy breakfast: It is preferable to indulge in slow-releasing carbohydrates food before an interview. This will help keep your energy level on the top bars and keep you more
alert and focused.
7. Dress appropriately: Make sure your clothes are wrinkle-free, do this the night before so you feel organized as possible. Don’t forget to put on deodorants.
8. Printouts: Make sure you make a few copies of your resume or any other supporting information like references and portfolios. Also keep a notepad on the ready, in case you need to pin anything down.
9. A final read-through: Look through your preparation and research one final time. Avoid doing new research because now isn’t the time.
To summarize, nothing beats giving you the best chance at an interview success by proper preparation. I hope you get the job. Thanks for reading