So you just found out you got an interview.
Congratulations! (Check out our 3 Reasons You Shouldn't Be Nervous for Your Interview if you’re starting to feel those interview jitters.)
Now—of course, after celebrating—it’s time to get prepared. Here’s 5 things you must do before your interview.
1. Buy your interview clothes.
This one may seem like a given, but it’s usually the step you think you’re all set on, and then something goes wrong. You can’t find your other shoe. Your hose has a noticeable run. You just realized there’s a stain on your blazer.
Lay out your interview attire way before your interview. Try it on. Does it make you feel comfortable and confident? If not, it’s time for a shopping trip.
2. Get thank you notes.
You should always send thank you notes to your interviewers after your interview.
Having been on the other side as an interviewer, interviews are time consuming as well as stressful. You want to hire someone who is not only capable, but who would be a great fit for your work environment.
So pick up some thank you notes—they go a long way! (And make sure to send them within 24 hours of your interview!)
3. Research the company.
This may also seem like a given, but we have been guilty in our early interview days of not researching the company enough or at all. They want to see that you’ve done your homework. They want to see that you know who they are and are interviewing because you think you’d be a great fit for their organization.
Do your research, and mention what interested you about the company during your interview!
4. Print copies of your resume.
You may not need them, but print some copies of your resume. Your interviewer may ask for a copy, or you may need to take a quick look during your interview.
5. Look up directions to the interview location.
Again, we’ve been guilty of not looking up directions to the interview location ahead of time. You want to feel confident the day of your interview, and there’s nothing worse than getting in car to realize you’re not as sure as you thought you were.
Use Google Maps, and print your directions (just in case you lose service on your way)!
In what other ways are planning to prepare for your interview? Let us know in the comments!