It’s the new year and you’re determined to take the next step in your career. You’ve researched, networked and finally landed an interview for your dream job. Congratulations for taking the plunge. Your next step is to nail the job interview. Follow these steps to prepare for your big day.
- Research the company, its products, growth, history and locations. Garner as much information as possible to fully understand the company you’re interviewing with. As you conduct this online research, ask around your network for any additional information and insights on the company culture and market reputation. The next item to research is the hiring/interviewing manager. Have they been with the company for an extended period and have they been promoted during their tenure? Do not request a connection with this individual directly on social media or networking sites prior to the interview.
- Prepare to look the part. Head to Tillys for updated accessories to compliment a conservative suit or dress. Grooming is a key part of dressing for success, so limit facial hair and untraditional hair styles. Polish your shoes as well as a leather binder to carry an additional copy of your resume. Putting your best foot forward and dressing for the job you want will increase your self confidence and signal to the hiring manager the respect you have for the position and company.
- Confirm the address of the interview. If unfamiliar, drive to the location a day or two prior to the interview. Is traffic heavy? Is there construction? Is parking ample? You’ll need to know about each of these items to arrive in the office at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled interview time.
- Finally, after a successful interview, thank the hiring manager and confirm the timing and process of the next steps in the interview process. Ideally, a follow-up note should be written, by hand, the same day. Let the hiring manager know you appreciated his time and that you would like to be considered for the position.
Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to nailing your interview. At the very least, it will serve as a great experience for the subsequent job interview. Good luck to you and your career.