I don’t know about you, but to me the worst feeling in the world is being unprepared! Lack of preparation can cause me to feel super stressed and nervous, causing me to never perform to my best ability, whether it is in an exam, a dance performance, or an interview. So much depends on an interview, and I have found that preparing both physically and mentally for my interviews has been essential in taking some of the nerves away, and leaving me with the best version of myself to present to my interviewer. Here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way that will hopefully help you prepare to be the best interview-ee in the game!
1. Know what you are applying for. (Do your research pt. 1)
Pro tip: Go onto their company website and look at the blog/”news” section – 9/10 times you’ll be able to find something really cool and interesting to talk about, and having this kind of background knowledge will help you come across as invested and interested in the company you are interviewing for.
2. Do a [little] bit of sleuthing! (Do your research pt. 2)
3. Practice Answering Interview Questions (for technical interviews, that means brushing up on your skills!)
This is probably the most intimidating part of the prep process, but it is by far the most rewarding. There is no better feeling than knowing you aced an interview question, or seeing that you’ve impressed your interviewer. It’s the biggest confidence boost ever; why wouldn’t you ensure that happens?
4. Plan your transportation route ahead of time. (+ plan to leave early!)
Pro tip: Try to arrive to your interview 15 minutes before your scheduled arrival – that way, you can get through the whole check-in process and start your interview right on time! Plus, it shows the interviewer that you’re punctual and really do care about the job, two things that are super important to employers.