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How to Go to an Interview
Interviews can seem scary, but even an anxious or a shy
person can improve their interviewing skills greatly just by
preparing a few days in advance. Visiting this page is already
a good first step! Read on for practical interviewing tips,
examples of what to say, and the logistics of going to an
interview when you already have a busy work schedule.
Method One of Three:
Preparing for the Interview
Research the company. Once you
know you have an interview lined up, spend some
time researching the company and the position you
applied for online. You'll often be able to learn the
answers to basic questions you have, especially
concerning work schedule and job responsibilities.[1]
You may also encounter information you're curious
about, so you can ask the interviewer to expand or
clarify.
Try the company website, anything a search
engine turns up about the company, and the
company's social media pages.
Try to understand the company's goals and
mission, and how it ties in to your skills and
interests. This makes you appear prepared and
suitable for the company, which is a cut above
someone who only repeats the website's talking
points.
If you know someone who works or used to
work at the company, that contact can give you
specific tips about your interviewers or what
the company values.
Come up with answers to
common resume questions. Write
down a list of questions you expect them to ask, and
then construct a thoughtful answer to each one in
writing. If you get some of your guesses right, you'll
appear confident and practiced, and will have less
anxiety about improvising your answers.
Be prepared to summarize your previous work
experiences, and to explain how they
contributed to skills and knowledge that applies
to the job you're trying to get.
Certain common resume occurrences are often
brought up in interview questions. These include
a long gap in your employment, a job you only
had for a short time, or unusual work
experience people may not be familiar with.
Prepare to describe yourself in a
way that is relevant to the job.
The interviewer may ask you non-work-related
questions, and you should be able to tie them into your
interest in the company. Some of these may take
verbal gymnastics, but if you focus on your personal
character development and your passion for the work
the company does, you can usually find a way to
connect them with the question.
Prepare a short summary of a few major
accomplishments in your life or career, ending
with a tie-in about how you are suited for this
job. When they ask you to "tell me about
yourself," they are looking for more specific
information than what you included on your
resume. [2]
Google your name and be prepared to explain
any unflattering information, work experience you
left off your resume, or unusual hobbies. The
last category can easily become a strength if
you describe positive reasons you enjoy them.
Other common questions include What are
your greatest strengths and
weaknesses? , Why should we
hire you? , Where do you see
yourself in five years? , and How
did you hear about our
company? These are all opportunities to
describe yourself in a positive light, especially
your connection and commitment to the
company's mission. If you are having trouble
coming up with answers, have a friend who's
prepared for interviews before help you
construct answers that are positive, but not
clichéd.
Practice answering these
questions in different ways. Have
a friend read out your list of questions, or do it alone
in front of a mirror. Answer them without reading
from your paper, although glancing down at first is fine.
Do this several times, trying to word your answers in
different ways each time. The more you practice, the
more natural you'll sound when the interviewer asks a
similar, but not identical, question.
Pack everything you need. Bring
along a copy of your resume, as well as a
notepad and pen. If you're coming straight from
another obligation, bring along a comb, makeup, or
whatever else you need to improve your appearance
before the interview begins.
Bringing a phone to exchange contact
information is a good idea, but be sure it is set
to silent during the interview.
Consider printing out the "about the company
page" or the job postings section of their
website and making notes on it concerning what
information you'd like to learn more about.
Dress nicely. Cut your nails, tidy your
hair, and wear well kept, formal clothing. See
this article for more detailed information if you're not
confident about your dress decisions.
There are rare exceptions, but you should
only dress more casually if you are specifically
told not to dress up. Even then you should pay
attention to hygiene and not wear ratty or
dirty clothing. This situation comes up most
often for jobs that require outdoor manual
labor.
Go alone and without other
obligations. Having a bored friend in the
car or kids waiting in the lobby will increase your
anxiety. [3] Similarly, keep your schedule clear so you
don't keep someone waiting if the interview goes long.
If you have to pick your kids up from school or have a
meeting with a friend, try to get someone else to
cover for you or reschedule before the interview.
Arrive at least fifteen minutes
early. Aim to show up in advance in case of
unexpected delays. You only have one chance to make
a good first impression, and even a reasonable excuse
for being late will make you look worse.
Don't enter the interviewing office until five
minutes before your scheduled interview time.
Give yourself extra time to find the interview
location if it is in a large complex or
complicated building.
If you are unavoidably delayed, call in advance and
let them know the reason and your estimated
arrival time.
Calm your nerves before you
begin. This article contains many methods
for reducing anxiety. Pick one or two that you can do
before the interview and have calmed you down in the
past. If you have trouble relaxing and aren't sure which
will work, try to find the time to try some of these
out in the week before the interview.
If you have the time beforehand, try having
lunch with a calm friend or getting a massage.
Many people become nervous if they are waiting
for something stressful alone, so try to choose
an absorbing, distracting activity with a relaxing
friend.
If you only have a few minutes before the
interview, take a few deep, slow breaths in and
out, holding each one for a brief pause. Do this
for 30–60 seconds if you can.
Some relaxation methods are impractical when
preceding a job interview. Taking a bubble bath
or jogging right before your interview will leave
a bad impression when you show up with wet
hair or a sweat soaked shirt.


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