- How to get organized for your interview
- How to search for the best companies
- How to get everything ready
It’s quite normal to get the jitters before an interview, and in truth it would be stranger still if you weren’t nervous. Getting organized can make you feel better and grant you the confidence you need when conducting an interview.
By following these four simple steps you can keep yourself calm, poised, and most of all organized.
1) Research the company, or companies, that you will be interviewing with
Even if you are new to this type of work do your research. By learning what there is to know you will be able to impress the interviewer and perhaps even convince them that you are the person they are looking for.
2) Have everything ready the day of the interview
If you need to, get everything ready the night before just to insure that you have it. Your resume, cover letter, references, portfolio, anything and everything that can help you with an interview needs to be on your person in a folder, not a backpack, that can be easily accessed. Showing up with a loose pile of papers is sure way to show your lack of organizational skills.
3) Be on time
One of the worst things you could ever do with any job interview is to be late. Not only does it show a decided lack of organization on your part, but it shows that you either don’t know how to manage your time, or are less concerned with others and their time than you are your own. By being on time to an interview you show the company and the interviewer that you are ready and willing to be there when needed. Being early can work to your benefit as well, but it’s usually recommended to be no more than ten to fifteen minutes early.
4) Dress for success
When going to a job interview you want to project an aura of professionalism no matter what kind of job it is. Even if you wind up digging ditches or making sandwiches for the general public you want your employer to know that you are always able to present yourself as a professional.
How you present yourself and what your employer sees should be the same thing. If you want to show them that you are dependable and well-organized then you need to be a step ahead of their expectations in order to truly impress during an interview.