It’s always exciting to get an invitation to interview with a company. It’s natural to feel nervous (yet excited!) about the interview. But you don’t want your nerves to cause you to interview poorly.
The best remedy to cure those pre-interview jitters is to follow the old Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared”.
Here are a few helpful tips to prepare you for your interview:
- Bring at least 2 paper copies of your resume and references to the interview. You may not need them if the team is organized, but it’s a good idea to have it in case the person interviewing doesn’t have your resume with them.
- Ask your recruiter how many people you will be interviewing with, and ask for their names and titles. Some companies wish to keep this information confidential but most will share it with you. If you are able, check out your interviewers on LinkedIn prior to your interview to get a feel for their experience and background.
- Give some thought to what questions you have for the interviewer. You want to be sure the job being discussed is a good match for you.
- Do your company research. Check out the company website and take note of what you are impressed with. This may come up in discussion during your interview. Many interviewers will specifically ask if you have visited their website, and if so, what you learned from it.
- Dress for success. Dress professionally regardless of the company dress code.
- Review the job description while thinking about your skills and experience. Really get to know how your skillsets plug into the job description itself. This will help you easily answer questions on the day of your interview.
- As you review the job description, think of specific examples of when you’ve performed certain duties or projects. A good interviewer will not just ask you if you have the experience, but instead will ask you to tell them about a time when you actually did it!
Being prepared for the basics of your interview can help shatter the nerves, and more importantly, it may help you land an offer.