Before and after an interview can be a blur due to the stress of the actual interview time. Most job seekers are unsure of what to do pre and post. No matter what, both time frames are crucial to a successful interview.
Let’s start with pre interview: top tip, come super prepared. It’s the most common fact: better to be safe than sorry. Here are some top tips for before the interview
The day before:
Get your outfit together. DO NOT wait until the day of to pick an outfit. You may find your best shirt is dirty, making you late to your interview.
The day before the interview, drive to the location of the meeting. This will put you at ease in not getting lost and seeing how much traffic there is.
Notes notes notes: jot down notes on the company, job description, and even notes on yourself. Go over your resume and cover letter. Memorizing everything will make the interview have a continuous flow of conversation.
Mock interview: have your friends or family old a mock interview to practice. Write down the most common interview questions and your answers. Highlight your strengths and weaknesses. Remember practice makes perfect!
The morning of:
Eat a good breakfast! Don't go into the interview feeling hungry. Nerves may suppress your appetite, however getting some nutrients into your body will keep your energy up and you mind focused.
Look over the notes you've collected!
Make sure you're outfit is put together and appropriate.
30 minutes before:
This is time to get your mind into focus. Keep your energy up and convert that into positivity.
Arrive early, however don’t go inside until 10 minutes before the interview.
Walk in with confidence and positivity. Greet the security guards and receptionists. You never know that the employer may want feedback from them on the first impression of you.
Rehearse in your head. Go over your notes again. Pick your top characteristics you want to be remembered for.
Focus on your posture. Look confident and poised.
Breathe and stay calm: stressing over the interview will overshadow your focus on doing well. Remaining cool, calm, and collected will keep your mind clear. Look back at our last blog post for breathing tips!
Stay off the social media! You may read something that will distract you from your focus on the interview.
Think positive! Try to stray away from the negative. If you go into the interview with negative thoughts, it will not go well.
It’s now post interview. You’ve gotten through the actual interview. It went well. Does it stop there? No way! Here are some tips for after the interview.
First and foremost: Be proud of yourself. Give yourself a pat on the back for all the hard work you’ve done!
Send a thank you note: thank the company for the opportunity for the interview. Check out Forbes’ “Send The Perfect Post-Interview Thank You Note” here.
Be patient and follow instructions. If the employer says it will take awhile for a response back, respect that.
Apply for more jobs!
Keep your positivity flowing. Don’t focus all your energy on thinking about the job. Go on and keep your regular activities going and just have the interview in the back of your brain.
If you land the job: Congrats to you! Hard work pays off. Accept appropriately and be excited for your new opportunity.
And if you don’t: Just remember rejection is normal: Hearing “no” hurts us to the core. Don’t be too hard on yourself. It happens and there will be plenty of more opportunities coming your way. Pro tip: handle the rejection appropriately because you might be considered for another job within the same realm of employers.