The Right Impressions: Getting Ready for a Job Interview


Everybody wants to land their perfect job. They aspire to build their careers and climb the corporate ladder. In urban cities, there are so many opportunities available. So what happens when you get the call you have been waiting for? If you have a schedule for an interview around 48 hours from now, what are the things you should take into account?

From Top to Toe

How you present yourself matters. You should be mindful of how you look on that big day. For men, sporting a classic haircut is the best option. For women, it does not matter if you wear your hair long or short, as long as it is tidy.

Your clothes should speak about professionalism, and your best choice is smart business attire. Accessories should not be overpowering; a piece or two that is subdued is fine. For example, if you have something like a promise ring for men or women, you can wear only that. Some interviewers look at an applicant’s shoes, so do not disregard your footwear.

Taking time to plan how you would present yourself is a good move. Knowing you look good also adds to your confidence, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

A Perfect Match

Review the job description of the position you are applying for. Then, look at your own set of skills and experiences. Analyze how your qualifications best fit what is needed for the job, and find ways to highlight these matches. That would be your “selling point.” Be ready to present them coherently when asked.

Know the Organization

Study everything about the company. Look for their mission, vision, and services that they offer. Knowing these details show your genuine interest in them, and doing this would score high with the interviewer.

Anticipate Possible Interview Questions

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Think of questions that might be asked. Practice answering them. You can do this with a friend or a family member. Being able to communicate your answers beforehand can help you feel relaxed. These questions may not come up, but practicing could help you think quickly. It eliminates the chances of you freezing up when asked questions. A quick search on the Internet can help you find common interview questions. You can go from there or even come up and challenge yourself with creative questions of your own.

Cover All the Bases

Look at the time and place of the interview. If you are unfamiliar with the area, you could search for possible routes to take to reach it. If you have time in your hands, you may look for the place a day or two before the actual interview. Take note also of the time. Be there earlier than the time set. Promptness is a plus for most employers. Also, have in hand everything that you need for the interview. An extra copy of your resume, certificates, a list of references, and a portfolio of your previous works, if applicable.

Refine Your Interview Decorum

Have a firm handshake, steady eye contact, and a polite smile. These are some basic etiquette when being interviewed. Also, listen attentively to what the interviewer has to say. Do not try to butt in when they are saying something. Your body language would speak for you as much as what you are saying verbally.

Coming prepared for an interview can not guarantee that you will get the job, but it will give you a fighting chance. Putting in some effort will translate into how you carry yourself and how you present yourself. The interviewer will take notice of it and be impressed.

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