Congrats - you landed an interview! All of the hard work you've put in so far has paid off, but that doesn't mean you can sit back and wait for the interview to arrive. To clinch the job, you're going to have to continue putting in the work. Below, we've outlined 6 things you must do before your next interview. Follow this advice and you'll be starting your best job yet...soon!
1. Know the company
You've inevitably applied for more than one job on your search, so you may not know a ton about the company you're interviewing with. Don't let that continue to be the case. Do your research and learn all you can about the company so you're prepared to answer their questions, and ask questions of your own.
2. Research your interviewer
People hire people they want to work with - so it's good to know a bit about the person who may be hiring you. Check out their LinkedIn profile and see if you have anything in common in terms of background or skills. You never know if you'll both be from the same town or attended the same university - if you do your research and find out beforehand, you may end up with a fun shared anecdote you can chat about initially to break the ice.
3. Plan your route
Live in a town with lots of traffic, or are you in a new town just for the interview? Plan exactly how you're going to get there and how much time you'll need to arrive early. The last thing you want is to be late - avoid it by ensuring you know exactly how you're going to get there and when.
4. Prepare for tricky interview questions
You're going to be asked a series of questions about your experience and skills, but you're also going to be asked a few tough questions as well. Use our guide for answering tricky interview questions and you'll be set.
5. Re-read the job description
Don't forget what position you're applying for! Review the job description so you know exactly what they're looking for and how your skills and experience fit in with what they want to see in a new hire.
Interviews can stress you out. Don't let your nerves get the best of you before your big day. Prepare as much as possible, and then find some time to do something that relaxes you - whether it's cozying up with a good book and a cup of tea or hitting up the gym to work off your nerves. Don't underestimate the power of clearing your mind - in the end, it will help you nail the interview.