Interview 101: It’s all about Preparation

You perfected your resume, reached out to employers, and finally landed an interview.  Now what?

 

Getting ready for an interview can be one of the most stressful steps in the job seeking process.  It’s your first and potentially only opportunity to make a lasting impression with a great company.  Although there may be a lot at stake,  you don’t have to let an upcoming interview overwhelm you.  A recent article on Success.com titled ’20 Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing’ focuses on the one main problem many job seekers face when going into an interview: failing to be well prepared.

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”

You can never prepare TOO much when it comes to an interview.  Not only will you feel more confident going in, but you will also come across more professional to those conducting the interview.

You need to put in careful thought and planning beforehand. For example, arriving about 15 minutes early is good; arriving much earlier than that, or later than your appointed time, tells the interview that you have poor time-management skills and you didn’t plan your route in advance. These are usually undesirable skills for an employee.

Patrice & Associates recruiters also double as skilled career coaches who will help you prepare for every step in the interview process.  Click here to find your local recruiter.

Below is a great Infographic highlighting 20 great Do’s & Don’ts when preparing for the big interview.

 

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