Preparing for a Job Interview

I’m sure each one of us would agree that one of the most stressful events in our lives can be not only going on job interview but also preparing for a job interview.


From the moment a face to face meeting begins, everything is about you – your appearance, speech, ability, personality, even your smile – is being assessed. It’s up to you to create a favorable impression. And preparation is the only sure-fire way to make an important job interview a winning experience.

By following just few simple steps, you can better prepare yourself before the interview:

  • Select and layout your complete interview wardrobe. Carefully go over what you plan to wear the day before.
  • Sort out the credentials you plan to bring with you. Be sure to include several copies of your resume, letters of commendation. Be sure to include any achievements you received in your field.
  • Have a notebook and pen handy. Review notes and other data you compiled to help prepare you for the interview.
  • Most importantly, get a good night’s sleep! You never want to arrive late for an interview.

As an applicant in any job interview situation you are bound to be tense no matter how relaxed the interviewer may try to make you feel in his attempt to have you reveal yourself fully. During the interview, the interviewer will take note of your knowledge of the company, the manner in which you respond to questions as well as in the kind of questions you ask him. He will observe how you talk, sit, and smile. You always want to listen attentively. He will observe your enthusiasm (or lack of it). You always want to present a positive attitude. You shouldn’t talk too much during your interview; you don’t want to talk yourself right out of the job. One of your biggest goals during the interview (besides being offered the position) is to get the interviewer to like you. All these observations will be the basis for determining whether or not you are rejected, placed in a doubtful category, maybe be invited back for a 2nd interview, or in some cases, you’ll actually be offered the position.

4 thoughts on “Preparing for a Job Interview”

  1. These are great tips! I always get so nervous for a job interview. Another tip is to make sure you know how to get where you are going for the interview, and to leave extra early for it.

  2. Great tips-I believe the most important is thing is to have knowledge of the company you are interviewing with. The worst is when an applicant is asked if they know what the company does and the answer is NO, I don’t. It is so easy now to visit a website and familiarize yourself.

  3. Being prepared for an interview is very important. I think wearing clothing that makes you feel confident and comfortable is important as well. Your outward appearance plays a roll in how you come across in an interview.

  4. Excellent tips! Job interviews are always so nerve-wracking. You just have to be yourself and try not to let the nerves get the best of you.

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