5 Things to do Before Your Job Interview
Getting a job interview comes with a roller coaster of emotions; feeling excitement of new possibilities while getting overwhelmed by the unknown. Proper preparation is the best way to ease your nerves and go into your interview with a level head. Here are five things to do leading up to your interview:
- Pick out clothes ahead of time
You do not want to be stuck in a situation where you wake up a few minutes late and are stressing over finding your dress pants. Try on your clothes to make sure they fit well and feel comfortable. Lay them out the night before and make sure they are ironed and have no rips in them. Don’t forget your shoes! Some nice, close toed shoes that are comfortable to walk in are perfect.
- Research the company
It is best to research a company before you even apply to the job. Look into the company’s mission and values- often posted on their website and social media sites. Websites like Indeed have employee reviews to look over. It is good to have a rough idea of employee expectations and job benefits ahead of time.
- Print out your resume
Make sure your resume is printed out ahead of time. There are too many technical difficulties that could happen the morning of your interview that could throw your plans out of wack. If you do not have a printer, you can get your resume printed at a local library or in the printing department of most office supply stores. You can have some fun with this and print it up on some linen resume paper or 28 lb copy paper.
- Visit the establishment
Physically going to your potential job site is beneficial. Particularly with retailers, the employee and customer experience varies by location. Visiting the store as a customer first will give you some insight and perspective that will help you during your interview. This also ensures that you will not get lost the morning of your interview.
- Prepare questions and answers
During your research and visit, make a mental note of any unanswered questions you may have. These can be anything from questions regarding pay, vacation time, or task expectations.
On the other side of the same token, it is good to have some answers planned for common questions:
– What is your strength?
– What is your weakness?
– What is your availability?
- Why do you want to work here?
- How would you handle an irate customer?
These questions are common, particularly if you are going to be interviewing for a first job in retail. Thinking about your answers ahead of time will prevent you from feeling panicked and put on the spot during your interview.
It is good to keep in mind that the individual interviewing you wants you to succeed. You want a job and they want an employee to fill a vacancy on their roster. Schedule some time in the morning to relax yourself. Listen to your favorite song on the drive to the interview.
Do you have any tips that I missed? Post them in the comments!