The five things you should do the day before an interview

1. Research the Company:

  • Company History: Refresh your knowledge about the company’s history, mission, and values. This will help you align your responses with the company culture.
  • Recent News: Check for any recent news or updates about the company. This shows your interviewer that you’re up-to-date and engaged.

2. Review the Job Description:

  • Key Responsibilities: Ensure a solid understanding of the key responsibilities associated with the role. Be prepared to discuss how your skills and experiences align.
  • Qualifications: Review the qualifications and think about specific examples from your past that demonstrate your proficiency in these areas.

3. Prepare Your Responses:

  • Behavioral Questions: Anticipate common behavioral questions (e.g., “Tell me about a time when…”) and prepare specific examples from your work history that highlight your skills and achievements.
  • Strengths and Weaknesses: Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. Be ready to discuss them with confidence and demonstrate how you continuously work on self-improvement.

4. Choose Your Outfit:

  • Professional Attire: Select and lay out your interview outfit. Ensure it aligns with the company culture and is appropriate for the role. Iron or steam your clothes to look polished and put-together.
  • Accessories and Grooming: Pay attention to details. Polish your shoes, choose appropriate accessories, and ensure your grooming is on point.

5. Prepare Your Materials:

  • Print Copies of Your Resume: Even if you’ve submitted your resume digitally, bring printed copies for yourself and the interviewers.
  • Notebook and Pen: Carry a professional notebook and pen for taking notes during the interview or jotting down any questions you might have.

Bonus Tips:

  • Plan Your Route: If the interview is in person, plan your route in advance. Know the location, parking options, and estimate the travel time. If it’s a virtual interview, test your internet connection and familiarize yourself with the video conferencing platform.
  • Rest and Relax: Ensure you get a good night’s sleep. Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or meditation can help calm pre-interview nerves.
  • Pack Essentials: If you’re attending an in-person interview, pack essentials such as breath mints, a comb or brush, and any personal items you might need.
  • Revisit Company Website and Social Media: Look at the company’s website and social media profiles for any last-minute updates or insights.