5 Crucial Steps to Prepare for an Interview

Mike Rutherford

Job interviews can be intimidating, but you will be less anxious going into an interview if you are prepared. Below are 5 tips on how to fully prepare for an interview.

1. Research the company

Learn all about the company that you are interviewing with. Learn their mission, values and charities that they donate to. Be aware of any recent big news of the company. You want to be prepared when asked “What do you know about our company”. You can usually find this information from checking their website and social media accounts.

2. Dress the part for your interview

Pick out a professional outfit the day prior to your interview. This will be one less thing to stress about the day of your interview and will let you know if you need to have anything dry cleaned or ironed. Remember to dress professionally as you will make a better first impression if you are over-dressed rather than under-dressed for an interview.

3. Know your qualifications, your resume and the job requirements

Take a few moments to remind yourself of your resume. It may have been a while since you last reviewed your resume. Note your qualifications and what you feel makes you excellent candidate for the role. Review the Job Posting again if it is available as it can remind you exactly what they are looking for. Also make sure to bring a copy of your resume in case they don’t have the one you applied with on hand.

4. Know EXACTLY where you are going

I can’t stress this point enough. It makes a terrible first impression to show up late for an interview. If possible, take yourself to the location of the interview the day before so you know exactly where you are going. If you are taking transit, make sure you know which buses/trains to take and what their schedules are.

5. Remember who you are meeting with

When you show up for an interview, make sure you know the name of the person(s) you are interviewing with. The receptionist will likely know that you are coming and who you are meeting with, but you still want to be able to walk in and say “Good morning, my name is ___ and I have a meeting with ___”.   

By following these 5 simple steps, it should make the day of your interview less stressful and help you land that dream job you are interviewing for!