There are many things you need to do before an interview. The following are some general guidelines that you should follow without fail. Interviews can be very stressful, but proper preparation is key. With adequate preparation you can sail through your job interviews with ease and soon you will find that the right job interview can be something to even look forward to.
Interview Questions & Answers
First up is to do well and to do well you must be well prepared when it comes to the subject matter of your interview. Irrespective of the nature of the interview, most interviews these days will have a technical round or some form of exercise where your job skills and knowledge is tested. This step is crucial and making a good impression here can go a long way in your favor. Go online and browse through all the typical interview questions that one may ask during the interview. Many interviews contain the same questions. Read the answers that are recommended and then think about how those answers apply to your past experience and individual situation. Do not memorize the answers, but practice solving questions yourself. While practicing, make sure you say the answer out loud and see how it feels to say the words. Record yourself if possible and play back the answer. If you can perform mock interviews with friends, family , or colleagues then do so and take their feedback seriously and improve yourself..
Think about specific questions that you may be asked that are related to your experience, the prospective position, or your resume. Look at yourself and you qualifications critically and be prepared to answer any shortcomings quickly and in a concise manner. In this same way you should also look at your strengths and practice ways to let the interviewer know why you are the best person for the job.
Before the interview you should know about the company you are interviewing with. You should at a minimum understand their dress codes and their overall job culture. The extent of this intelligence gathering depends on the level of position for which you are applying. If you are applying for an entry level distribution job,then know what types of products the company handles, their customers, and maybe some of their hub locations. If you are applying for a post college professional position then it would be good to have an understanding of the companies annual report as well as the annual report of their primary competitors. It would also be good to understand the direction the company is headed and make certain that you tailor answers in the interview to show that you are “on board” with making that happen. Gathering intelligence for a position is critical in letting the interviewer know that you are not just an average applicant, but that you are the best applicant.
If you have Facebook, my space, or any other profiles that show up in a Google search you will want to make them all private. You want to keep your social presence under the radar unless you have a professional presence that will help you get the position. But for most people it is important to keep your image professional and not allow access to your social networking profiles to the public. This is the same for any links between your profile, your name, and your user name on public or even private forums. Make certain it is not easy for your employer to discover how you handle yourself online. Unless of course it is pristine and you honestly believe that all of your blog posts and comments will help your chances of getting a position. But for most that is not the case and it is better to lock down all available information.
Be Well Rested
I know, you think you do better after an energy drink. The fact is that you only think you do better after an energy drink, the rest of the world knows better. Get a lot of sleep before an interview and eat a light and healthy breakfast with protein and low carbohydrates. Do not eat fatty or greasy foods and stay away from stimulants for at least 48 hours prior to the interview. Trust me, this will help you be at the top of your game. Stay clear headed and be yourself, this is your best bet in handling an interview well.