How to Prepare for a Job Interview

1. Analyze the Job

An important part of interview preparation is to take the time to analyze the job posting, if you have it. As you review the job description, consider what the company is seeking in a candidate.

2. Make a Match

Once you have created a list of the qualifications for the job, make a list of your assets and match them to the job requirements.

3. Research the Company

Before you go on a job interview, it’s important to find out as much as you can about not only the job, but also the company. Company research is a critical part of interview preparation.

4. Practice Interviewing

Take the time to practice answering interview questions you will probably be asked during a job interview. This will help give you a chance to prepare and practice answers, and will also help calm your nerves because you won’t be scrambling for an answer while you’re in the interview hot seat.

5. Get Your Interview Clothes Ready

Don’t wait until the last minute to make sure your interview clothes are ready. Have an interview outfit ready to wear at all times, so you don’t have to think about what you’re going to wear while you’re scrambling to get ready for a job interview.

6. Decide What to Do With Your Hair

How you style your hair for a job interview is almost as important as the interview clothes you wear. After all, the interviewer is going to notice everything about you, including your interview attire, hairstyle, and makeup, and you only have seconds to make a great impression.

7. What to Bring to a Job Interview

It’s important to know what to bring (and what not to bring) to a job interview. Items to bring include a portfolio with extra copies of your resume, a list of references, a list of questions to ask the interviewer, and something to write with.

8. Practice Interview Etiquette

Proper interview etiquette is important. Remember to greet the receptionist, your interviewer, and everyone else you meet politely, pleasantly, and enthusiastically.

9. Get Directions

It’s important to know where you need to go for your job interview — ahead of time. That way, you’ll avoid running late to the interview. Use Google Maps or another app to get directions if you’re not sure where you are going.

10. Listen and Ask Questions

During a job interview, listening is just as important as answering questions. If you’re not paying attention, you’re not going to be able to give a good response.

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