There Is More to Interview Preparation Than Rehearsing Some Answers

  • Editor
  • March 20, 2017

Many people work so hard to write their resume and cover letter, but when the time comes to prepare for their job interview, they let their guards down. So close to the finish line, yet they enter into a phase of wishful thinking hoping that they will "connect" with the interviewer(s).

Don't make that mistake.

The first step in preparing for the job interview is to review the job posting carefully and gather intelligence about the position. Then, review your application and know it inside out. Be ready to discuss your qualifications and work experience, including providing concrete examples. If possible, try to find out details about the interview, such as the type of interview.

Interview experts recommend doing mock interviews.

The next step is getting ready for interview day, including choosing what you'll wear, deciding how you will get there, preparing a few lines for small talk, and last but not least, having some insightful questions lined up.

Use visualization to gain a sense of control. Visualize yourself on interview day, from the time you wake up to the time you leave the interview.

The day of the interview, have a good breakfast and be positive. Bring your smile along and enjoy the ride.

Take the job interview one step at a time and don't put so much pressure on yourself that it becomes a burden. Prepare well, but also look at the interview as an opportunity to meet people and learn.

These resources provide more insights into the interview process: