Updated: Jan 30
Preparing for job interviews can seem daunting but That Purple Book is here to help! This article will provide 10 helpful tips to get started for preparing for job interviews to set you up for feeling your most confident!
1. Prep your References
Make sure your References know that you're interviewing for a job so that they are prepared to receive a call from the prospective employer! Provide a current copy of your job application or resume along with the job description to each of your References so they can best speak to your abilities as they pertain to the open job position.
2. Bring Extra Copies of Your Resume to the Interview
Bring extra copies of your resume to the interview. Providing a paper copy to each interviewer will give them information to refer to during the interview and will also show the employer that you are organized and prepared! Check out this article with tips on FREE resume printing options.
If you are interviewing in person, make sure you show up in style! Using a professional padfolio is a great way to organize your extra resume copies and other information you want to have on hand for the interview. There are lots of options available online for for padfolios and I recommend searching on Amazon. #paidlink A basic black padfolio is always a great option because it's professional and generic and so works for any job sector. Of course though, you can also find many options for padfolios in different colors and styles to fit your personality!
Seriously. Relax and smile and be yourself. Although interviews can be stressful as you're meeting with people you don't know, it is important that you show your personality.
4. Ask Questions
Make a list of questions that you have about the company or about the job. Interviews are a conversation between the employer and the applicant and it is OKAY to ask questions! This is your time to ask for clarification about the job role, work hours, benefits, and more.
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5. Arrive Early!
Arrive at least 15 minutes early to your job interview! That will give you time to use the restroom, touch up makeup or fix hair, clothes, etc. Arriving early also shows the employer that you are prompt and professional.
6. Research the Company Ahead of Time
Why do you want to work for this company? Why do you want this job? It is important that you research the company and job prior to interviews so you can better understand how you will be beneficial as an employee. For example, do they focus on customer service and you're great with people? That's good to know AND good to highlight during the job interview.
7. Decide What to Wear
The dress code for job interviews can vary depending on the company and the job role. While for some job interviews, casual slacks and a dressy top could be sufficient, other interviews may require more formal attire including a full suit. If you are not sure the type of attire expected, you can reach out to the HR department at the company and ask. You can also just error on the side of being more formal. Better to show up wearing a suit and being overdressed rather than showing up in jeans and a t-shirt and losing out on the job because you seem unprofessional and not prepared. To dress for success without breaking the bank, check out this article for helpful tips.
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8. Practice Interview Questions Ahead of Time
Practice makes progress! Work with members of your Career Team on mock interviews. The more you practice, the more comfortable and confident you will be during an actual interview. Practice one-on-one interviews as well as panel interviews, which is where you're speaking with two or more people at once. For more information about why your Career Team is important and how to get started, check out this article for helpful tips.
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9. Track Your Company Contacts for the Interview
Who will you be interviewing with at the company? If you know that ahead of time, write that information down along with that person's contact information - Name, Job Title, Email, Phone, and Mailing Address.
10. Prep Your Follow-up Thank-You
Following up a job interview with a Thank You card to the interviewer can be a nice touch. Amazon will have numerous options for colorful or contemporary note cards and thank you cards. #paidlink Few people send actual thank you cards so if you do send one, it will help you stand out as an applicant and someone interested in working for the company. You can send an actual Thank You note card or you can send an email as well. Following up in this way allows you to thank the interviewer for their time AND ALSO allows you to reaffirm your interest in working with the company and that you're looking forward to progressing in the application process.
In summary, job interviews can be stressful BUT if you work through the tips above, you will be more prepared and should be more confident for your next interview!
* Connect with your Career Team and keep them updated on your job search and interview process.
* Connect with your References and keep them updated on your job search and interview process.
* Keep working through the above tips to ensure you are prepared and CONFIDENT for your next job interview!
* Invest in the Interview Prep Workbook!