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
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
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
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
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: