Luck favors the prepared mind, and the right preparation for a job interview consists in mental, physical, informational, and practical preparation. We will analyze each of those in this article, trying to help you to become the ‘lucky one’ at the end of your interview. Let’s start!

 

Prepare your body

TA man is sleeping on a pile of books. He has overdone it with his interview preparation. o deliver your very best (and you will often need that to get a job), you should be be rested. You should think neither about food, nor about sleep in your interview. You should be able to focus only on your interview presence, the words of the interviewers, and your answers to their questions.

Try to spend a perfect day, or at least a perfect morning, before your job interview. Do what you like to do. Go for a walk to the nature, or watch your favorite TV series. Do something that will help your body to relax and feel good.

Go to bed early the day before your job interview (if you can) and have a tasty breakfast (but not one that would make you excessively full and tired, which would have a negative impact on your concentration).

 

Get the right information

A woman is browsing Interview Penguin, checking for the most common interview questions.Most job seekers focus primarily on information while preparing for an interview. It is a right strategy, if they do not overdo it, or neglect the other parts of the puzzle. What information should you get?

You should research about the employer, their values and goals, the job description. You should try to understand what they seek in a good candidate for the position.

Then you should try to find out what questions they will ask you in an interview (Interview Penguin will help you with that), and how to answer the questions, demonstrating your skills and the value you can bring to their team.

You should also double check the route to the interview, the schedule, and the transport options, to be sure there won’t be any negative surprises on a big day.

 

Prepare in your mind

think positively and positive things will happen. Simple motivational inscription on a wallThe difference between the winners and losers is mostly in their minds. Many people do not believe in their chances (perhaps because they failed in other interviews before, or they simply lack the confidence), and this lack of self-belief is strongly reflected in their interview presence.

The way they walk, shake hands with the interviewers, and respond to things that happen in an interview room is just not right, and the hiring managers feel it that way….

Try to relax before your interview. Listen to your favorite music, read a good book, think on something nice, and repeat to yourself that you did what you could to succeed, and the rest is not under your control. 

 

Practice makes perfect

Two women are practicing interview questions togetherTry to practice your interview answers with a friend, or at least in front of a mirror.

You can even hire an interview coach if you want. Practice will help you to feel more confident, and to get rid of interview stress.

Once you manage to prepare your body, your mind, once you know enough about the company and the job you try to get, and practice your interview answers, you can say to yourself that you did your best to get a job.

In many cases it will be enough, and you will walk away with a new job contract. And if it is not enough, all you can do is to congratulate the winner, analyze your interview (things you did well and things you could do better), and move to the next one.

To help you with your preparation: