You’ve just been called for an interview and it’s for tomorrow morning! If you’re anything like me you’ve got angry butterflies in your stomach and are nervously pacing the house. You’re thinking about all the potential scenarios (positive and negative) that obsessively play over and over in your mind. Okay maybe that’s just me but I can definitely say that this is not the best use of your time or energy. Instead here are some much better uses for your time:
1. Check the company website again.
Most likely you have already looked into the company when you first applied for the job, but check it again. Look at projects or initiatives that interest you or you feel skilled enough to contribute to if hired since they can become talking points when the interviewer asks “Do you have any questions for me?”
2. Lay out your clothes.
This will take the stress out first thing in the morning, plus if you need to sew on a button or iron a shirt you will have plenty of time to do it. If the weather has been a bit iffy have an alternative outfit ready as well. It’s important to remember recruiters notice details so no sport socks with dress pants!
3. Research how to get to the interview.
If you are taking public transportation, print off the route times and connections thoroughly and plan to leave yourself plenty of time just in case. Once I had to take a subway to an interview in Toronto and there was a fire on the subway line, luckily I gave myself lots of extra time and alternative routes so I wasn’t sweating it…too much!
4. Go for a walk or do some “light” exercises.
Don’t over do it! You don’t want to be doubled over in pain or limping to your interview. I remember a time when I was getting over a bad cold, the night before my interview I coughed so hard that I bruised a muscle, subsequently I winced whenever I breathed too hard or laughed. Didn’t get the job so it’s hard to say what kind of impression that made.
5. Get your marketing material ready.
Print off several copies of your resume and reference sheets especially if you are not sure of the number of interviewers. Also bring a list of potential questions and the job posting. If applicable for your industry, bring your portfolio with examples of your work and make sure it’s up-to-date.
6. Practice common interview questions.
Thinking of answers to common questions using the SAR (situation, action and result) technique will allow you to feel prepared. These answers should be framed in such a way to give the interviewer a positive impression of who you are and how you think, so pick situations where you either increased efficiency, productivity, workplace morale or made a customer happy.
Remember the more you prepare ahead of time the less stressed you’ll feel on the big day, and once it’s over congratulate yourself for making it through in one piece!
Elaine Logie is a current student of the Career Consultant Certificate Program at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. MCACESBlogs is a series of blog posts created by students for job seekers. Like what you read? Be sure to follow us or check back often for a variety of job search related posts. Happy reading!