5 Last-Minute Tips For Job Interview Preparation
So you’ve scored an interview for that job you’ve had your eye on. Since you got the call, you’ve spent every spare minute preparing for the interview, and you think you’re pretty ready. But on the big day, are there any last-minute things you can do to make sure you’re as prepared as possible?
The answer is yes! Let’s take a look at five last-minute tips for getting ready to nail that job interview.
- Take some of the pressure off yourself.
On the day of your interview, the first thing you want to do is take a moment to step back and relieve some pressure. You’ve probably got a lot of hope and expectations riding on the outcome of this interview, so it’s understandable that you’re pushing yourself to do well. But in these final hours (or even minutes) before the meeting, all that pressure can end up doing more harm than good.
Take a minute to remember that you are qualified and skilled enough for this position – but also remember that if you don’t get the job, it’s not the end of the world. There will be plenty more job opportunities out there if this one doesn’t work out.
- Go back over the job description, company information and talking points – but don’t try to memorise responses.
To make sure everything is fresh in your mind, read back over the job description for the position, as well as any useful information about the company. Something important may stick in your mind that you hadn’t noticed before, and it may make all the difference when it comes to your interview.
It’s also a good idea to go back over key talking points in your mind. These include demonstrated examples of your skills and experience, as well as anecdotal evidence of situations in which you’ve excelled in the workplace. However, it isn’t recommended that you try to memorise your responses. This could ultimately lead to more stress and confusion for you in the interview, and may end up making your responses sound fake or forced.
- Familiarise yourself with the job interview location and make sure you arrive early.
Before you take off for your interview, make sure you’ve familiarised yourself with the location, the route to get there, and other details such as parking availability. The last thing you want is to get lost on the way, or to waste time struggling to find a parking space when you get there!
You should also aim to arrive at your interview nice and early. You can always wait in your car or in a reception area; it’s better to arrive half an hour early than to race in the door with one minute to spare.
- Refrain from browsing social media or checking email while you wait for your interview.
While you may be tempted to scroll through your phone while you’re waiting, this could actually be damaging, especially if you happen to see something that upsets or distracts you online.
Instead, try flicking through a book or magazine, chatting with a receptionist or other interviewee, or reading back over your notes and information about the job.
- Take a moment to calm down and breathe.
This is the key to preparing for any job interview: breathe! If you find yourself getting nervous and agitated in the hours leading up to your interview, remember to take deep breaths in and out to calm yourself down. Close your eyes and think of something fun you’ll do after the interview to help settle your nerves.
Best of luck to anyone preparing for a job interview with these tips!
Author: Emily Burgess
Bio: Emily is a senior content writer with CourseGuru.com.au. She is a recent University graduate and enjoys writing about educational and career orientated topics.