There are few feelings as thrilling as landing a job interview. When it happens, you should absolutely congratulate yourself on the achievement. But you can’t rest after landing an interview – you still have work to do. In fact, the interview starts a lot sooner than you might think.
For You, The Interview Starts After You Accept
The moment you hang up the phone after accepting an interview or sending a confirmation email, consider yourself on notice. The way you prepare for your interview will determine just how well your meeting goes. Start researching the company’s mission, vision and culture. Look for articles in your local business journal that talk about projects or initiatives that the company is working on. Also make sure to brush up on trends in your industry.
You’re On Stage the Moment You Step Through the Door
On the day of your interview, all eyes will be on you as you walk through the front door. This means that everything you do must exude professionalism. Always arrive 15 minutes early. Make sure you are dressed well, that you are carrying yourself with confidence and giving off the right body language. Have something constructive to do in the waiting area like going over some of your research one last time. Don’t play on your phone, listen to music or read a magazine. And above all else, be kind and professional to the front desk attendant. Most hiring managers will ask the receptionist how they were treated.
Be Prepared for the Hiring Manager
Be ready for the hiring manager to get you or to meet you in the interview location if the receptionist walks you there. Stand up with confidence, make good eye contact, extend your hand and give a firm handshake. Speak clearly and articulately, smile and make it clear that you are excited to be there. Then, if you’ve prepared well and are confident in your experience, skills and abilities, you will be ready for the rest of the interview.