How you prepare for an interview can be just as important as what you do in the actual interview. The way you prepare can dictate how you are received. Not preparing well could be the difference between getting a job, and sealing your fate to rejection. The importance of the little things cannot be understated. So you should remember that, when you’re getting ready for that next interview.
Everything starts in the phone call that you receive, notifying you that you’ve been chosen for an interview. Make sure that you write down the information on when and where the interview will be taking place. Jot down the time as well. Then make sure to find out any documentation that you need to bring to interview. Before ending the conversation, make sure to double check the time and place, and the documents you’ll need. The worst first impression you can make for an interview, is to show up late.
If you aren’t already familiar with the location of the interview, it’s a good idea to look up directions and do a run through. See how long it takes to get to the interview site, and learn the route. That way when the day comes you don’t risk being late by aimlessly looking for the location, or getting into unexpected traffic.
Now to the interview outfit. It’s best to pick your outfit in advance, so that you know what you are going to wear, and aren’t forced to figure anything at the last minute. Choose something professional, that’s clean and tidy. An outfit that fits you well, and that is free of stains or tears.
Finally, on the day of the interview, be sure to leave early. The worst thing you can do at an interview, is show up late. Many interviewers won’t hire an applicant that can’t show up to an interview on time. Keep that on time, and show up 10-15 minutes early. That way you show yourself to be prepared, and committed to the job opportunity.
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