After you have submitted a killer resume, you are sure to get an interview. Next step is rocking it and accepting that job. But how do you make sure you walk out of the interview knowing you blew their socks off? I have a few tips and tricks: (ps: crude language at the end! You’ve been warned…)
10 Things to Do Before Stepping into the Interview Room
- Do you research both about the job you are interviewing for and the company
- Practice with others or in the mirror by yourself (I was always the one who had conversations with myself in the bathroom or car mirror minutes before! Don’t judge me). There are series of very typical interview questions that you can review and have an idea of what your answers would be if that is asked of you. Having something already in mind will prevent you from tripping yourself up and getting flustered during the interview.
- Dress for success. Give them the right impression right from the start!
- Be on time. Live by the Lombardi Rule: 15 minutes early you’re on time, on time you’re late!
- Have questions ready for the interviewer. There will be some point in the interview that you have the opportunity to ask questions- its your time to shine! Be ready
** stay tuned for my favorite interview questions later in the series!
- Remind yourself you are interviewing the company just as much as they are interviewing you. Make sure it is a good fit for both parties.
- Don’t talk too much that you forget the question! It can be easy to start talking, get off topic, and forget the question that was asked. Be sure to fully and clearly answer the question, but don’t divulge too much information that the interviewer loses interest and you confuse yourself.
- Listen to questions being asked, think, and respond with an intelligent answer.
- Imagine yourself already having the job. Just like in sports- visualize you scoring that job and what your first day will look like (and what you’re going to wear of course)
- Have confidence in your ability to perform the job you are interviewing for AND answering any question the interviewer could throw at you. You got this!
I was told before one interview to remind myself “I am Kerbie fucking Campbell and I am awesome. I already have this job and I just have to show them!!” I know it sounds corny but something about boosting yourself up a little right before the interview comes across as a quiet confidence, which companies love! I used to remind myself before every interview “I am Kerbie fucking Campbell and I already have this job” and I still use it for big presentations! “I am Kerbie fucking Campbell and I’ve already won this client’s business!” Try it, it works! And go rock that interview, I know you can do it! I’m cheering you on!!!