How to: Prepare for a Job Interview

I had my first of many interviews today. It was a bust, because the company ended up being not as legit as I would have liked it to be, but that's a post for a different time. Which, I probably will end up writing, if you're interested. Anyway, so here's how to prepare for a job interview. Hopefully, this is helpful to anyone who needs it. 

1. Write a Cover Letter with Your Resume

A cover letter is basically a summary, or abstract, of your resume. It's also a kind of thank you note attached to your resume to let the company know you are grateful for them taking time out of their schedule to interview you. 

2. Research the Company

Know what company it is you are interviewing for. Be sure to find one question based on the company's background that you would ask if given the opportunity. This not only is to ensure that the company is real, but also to show you would be willing to put time and energy into a company you actually know and care about.

3. Prepare Interview Questions

Interviewers purposely ask if you have any questions to see what potential employees will bring up. Think of it as a way to show that you want the job more than anyone else. Better questions, better chances. Be sure to prepare your questions before your interview and be ready when the time comes. 

4. Dress the Part

If you are applying to a business that is professional, such as a marketing company, any sort of office job, or a management position, be sure to dress to impress. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. If your everyday attire when hired would be business casual, be sure to dress that way for your interview. Take the time to really look nice. It shows your future employer that you not only care about your appearance, but that you will make their company look better. 

5. Arrive Early

The day of your interview, be sure to arrive a couple minutes early. It is not a good look to be arriving late, or even on time. Your future employer wants someone who is going to take their job seriously. Figure out how far away their office or headquarters is, and take the time to figure out when you should leave to be there at least ten minutes early. 

6. Be Confident

Confidence is K E Y! Be sure to make eye contact with your employer the whole time, firmly shake their hand before and after your interview. Speak clearly and with confidence. It can be incredibly nerve wracking, but you want to show your future employer that you are confident and excited to work for their company. They don't want to hire someone who will be too shy or nervous to talk to customers and coworkers. 


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