After applying to what may seem like an endless array of job openings, you finally receive a call for an interview. Waiting until the night before to do your homework will almost guarantee an interview nightmare the next day. The key to a successful interview, one that could potentially land you a job, is preparation.
Begin preparing two to three days in advance.
You should begin preparing for an interview at least two to three days before the date you plan to meet with an employer. This gives you plenty of time to select the appropriate attire, research the company, and go over practice questions. You also have a chance to familiarize yourself with the office location in case you are unfamiliar with the area. Preparing a route ahead of time will let you know how much time to allow in order to get to your destination promptly.
Dress to impress.
Every job seeker should have at least one business suit to wear to job interviews. Appearance is everything! You should look clean, neat and professional. Choosing your attire before the interview will give you time to iron it and have any alterations that may need to be handled well in advance of your interview.
Research the company.
Now that you know what you are wearing to the interview, it is time to learn more about the company. Knowing about a potential employer gives you a slight edge over other candidates. Familiarize yourself with the company’s profile – How long they have been in operation? What services do they offer? What is required of the position you are applying for? This not only shows that you did your homework, but it also proves to an employer that you are genuinely interested in the company. Also, becoming well-versed in the duties of the position for which you are applying will allow you to relate your skills to the job.
Make sure your resume is up-to-date.
If you have been asked to provide a resume, make sure that yours is up-to-date, printed on resume paper, and that you have at least five copies with you the day of your interview. You may not always need extra copies, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Practice interview questions before your interview.
It is a great way to prepare your responses so that you can answer your interviewer confidently and quickly. Preparing your answers ahead of time will put your mind at ease because you will know exactly what to say. The health care industry is known for focusing on behavioral interview questions so make sure to properly familiarize yourself to these types of interviews.
With adequate preparation and research, you will get through your job interview with ease and grace. Waiting until the last minute to try to pull it all together is a big mistake often made by headstrong job seekers who think they can wing it during an interview. Prepare today and you just might have a job tomorrow.