3 Tips To Prepare For a Job Interview

by Shenron on September 15, 2009

That big day comes around sooner than you’d like it to: the day that you have to go in for a job interview. It’s one of the most stressful things anyone can ever make you do but it’s a fact of life that at some point in time, you have to sit in front of someone and prove yourself. But, if you go into the interview prepared and well versed in why you want the job, you’ll do exponentially better than if you decided to just wing-it on the morning of. Let’s take a look at some interview tips that you can utilize whether you’re applying for a burger flipper position at the local fast food place or if you’re taking over the top spot at a Fortune 500 company.

Job Interview 3 Tips To Prepare For a Job Interview

Clothes: Your clothes speak a lot about who you are as a person. Obviously no one walks around in a full suit and tie around their house, but that doesn’t mean you should walk in with flip flops and a ripped t-shirt to your interview. It’s a good rule of thumb to dress in clothes that would resemble those that you would go to work in. And in some cases, a step above that. So if the job you’re going in to do requires that you wear a shirt and tie every day, wearing a shirt and tie with a sports coat may be a good idea. Going in to interview for Burger King is a different story. They have uniforms there that you’re required to wear. So in cases like this, it may be hard to judge what you should go in wearing. A nice polo shirt and slacks should do fine. Don’t go overboard but make sure you’re looking nice and clean shaven.

Job Interview 5 3 Tips To Prepare For a Job Interview

Time: One of the best things you can do is show up early for the interview. There’s an old adage in the workplace about being late. If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. And if you’re late, you’re fired. Don’t ruin things with your potential boss by showing up right as the interview is supposed to start. A 20 minute window before the appropriate time should show eagerness and punctuality, both good traits.

Information: Make sure to know as much about the company as possible before heading in there. It’s always a good idea to know your interviewer’s name and title (if possible) before heading in. Also, have valuable questions to ask during the interview. Even if you already know the answers, showing a desire to learn and absorb new information is a good trait. And under no circumstances should you ask questions about pay or health care benefits unless the issue is brought up. Asking about how much you’ll be making will almost surely guarantee you not getting the job.

These are just a few tips to help you nail that next interview. Good luck!

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