You dress up, arrive early, and try to woo the interviewer into hiring you because you’re special.
And, just like dating, there is plenty of advice out there on the right and wrong ways of interviewing.
We get so caught up in the tiny details that we forget about the big picture. I’ve created a schedule of basic tasks any interviewer can do to ensure a successful interview:
One week before…
Review your resume
If you scored this interview through a resume or application, then the hard part is over. However, if you are interviewing before the employer has a solid look at your resume, this is the time to review.
No matter how you got this interview, you will need to bring your resume. Print out a few copies, just in case one gets wrinkled or you are interviewing with multiple people. An added perk about this task is that you get to remind yourself about how awesome you really are.
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Prep your portfolio
Just like your resume, your portfolio needs to make an appearance at your upcoming interview. Employers enjoy being walked through the highlights that are shown on your resume, so organize your portfolio in a logical manner. Aesthetics are always a big plus as well, so invest in a nice binder and page protectors for that extra professional look.
Practice, practice, practice!
It’s still a week away, but this is the time to hammer out the major issues you have with interviewing. Weak handshake? Fast talker? Practice your perfect interview with a friend or the mirror.
Practice a few more times leading up to the interview. When you have the right mannerisms and topics down, you won’t notice the butterflies as much on interview day.
One day before…
This is right around the time where you start to really worry about what tomorrow is going to bring. If you got the major tasks done early, today is the day for you to relax and practice your interview to avoid any last-minute panic attacks.
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One hour before…
One hour before you plan to leave, get yourself ready. It’s far better to be sitting around, watching some TV in nice clothes than to be running out the door, still brushing your teeth.
Lay out your clothes the night before to avoid any missing-sock drama. Don’t know what to wear? Pick out an outfit that is slightly nicer than you would dress on the job. When you dress nicely, the employer can tell that you are interested and value the company.
Ten minutes before…
Be there (or be square)
You could drive past that building every day for ten years. Today will be the day there’s a traffic jam, you’ll forget to bring quarters for the meter, and yes, the elevator will be broken. Plan to arrive at least ten minutes before the interview is set to start.
What do you think? What other tips do you have to offer job seekers headed to an interview? Share your thoughts in the comments below!