If you have ever had an interview for a job, job fair or career, you know that it can be stressful. By following these top 10 preparation steps prior to your interview, we believe you will be better prepared, more relaxed, and be a "better you” for your big day.

  1. Research. Be sure to learn as much as you can about the company’s vision and values. Knowing about the business will help you feel comfortable when talking to them about their open position(s). It will also show them that you did your homework and value their business.
  2. Skill Match. You know you have skills, but do you know how you will fit into the job you are seeking? Learn what skills will be important for the job and how your skills will “play in” to benefit the company.
  3. List. Make an applicable list of qualifications and abilities to share with your interviewer. You will want to showcase the abilities and talents that will most benefit the company.
  4. Review. Once you have a list, review it several times so that you will be comfortable sharing it with your interviewer. Internalize your list so you are not reading it during your interview.
  5. Etiquette. Be sure to brush up on your interview etiquette, from start to finish. Always be polite and friendly. A smile goes a long way.
  6. Practice. Every interpersonal encounter is smoother when you have already “run through it” with a friend or a family member. Practice mock questions and answers so that you are comfortable sharing your information with another person.
  7. Attire. Planning what you will wear in advance will relieve the possibility of stress due to last minute decisions.  Set clothes out the night before; you will pat yourself on the back for this one!
  8. Gather. Just like your attire, set out all of your important information and paperwork the night before. Collect ID’s, several copies of your resume, a reference list and some questions for your interviewer. Place them all in a portfolio. This way, you won’t run out the door for your interview without these most essential items in hand.
  9. Directions. Map out your interview location ahead of time. Be sure you know where you will need to meet the interviewer and at what time.
  10. Rest. One of the best ways to decrease interview stress is to get the sleep you need.  Make sure that you get the necessary amount of rest by going to bed at a reasonable time the night before your interview. Research suggests that you will need 8 hours of sleep to maximize your cognitive function and your focus.

As a result of these 10 tips, you can be more relaxed in your interview. Go ahead. Feel prepared; you have your “things together”. Be you; you have practiced.  Be confident; you have done your research.  

Ready, Set, Go!  You can do this!


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