The phrase “job interview” doesn’t typically make people happy or excited. You probably feel anxious, nervous and unsure just after reading the words. Or maybe you had a flashback to your very first interview, or very worst interview – everyone has them. There are a few ways to look at a job interview in a fun way. And if you prepare and do your research before the interview you will feel more comfortable and confident.
What’s so fun about preparing for a job interview?
This is one of the very few opportunities you have the excuse to go shopping for yourself. You want to dress to impress. A suit is always appropriate for men and women. After purchasing your interview clothes, wear them around your house a day or two before the interview to make sure you are comfortable and have removed the tags and stickers.
You should also stop by Office Max or Staples to purchase a pad folio – if you don’t already have one, and white resume paper. When preparing materials for the interview you can use your pad folio to hold your extra resumes – at least 3, and use the pad of paper provided to write down the questions you have for the interviewer.
You get to go on Facebook®.
When researching the company, get on Facebook®. After viewing your own notifications, visit the company’s Facebook® profile. Review their status updates, photos, promotions, etc. Read what customers are writing on their wall and any additional “tabs” they offer. Some companies have interactive games on their Facebook® page or contests for their fans. This is also your opportunity to visit their Twitter® page. View their recent status updates and what is trending to be up to date on what is important to them.
Update your LinkedIn® profile
Update your LinkedIn® profile to reflect you current resume – if you don’t have a LinkedIn® profile, create one before the interview. Request Recommendations from teachers/professors, co-workers, previous employers, etc. and make sure your profile picture is appropriate. Chances are employers are researching you before the interview as well. So make sure you have your current information posted as well as Recommendations.
Use LinkedIn® as a research tool
You can also use LinkedIn® to research the interviewer – but don’t Connect with or contact them through LinkedIn®. If you know the position and title of the person interviewing you and how long they have been with the company, it will make you feel less stressed going into the interview and you can prepare relevant questions to ask at the end. Preparing for an interview by purchasing your interview clothes and material ahead of time, researching the company and updating your social media sites will make the interview process more fun and less painful.
- The Employer’s Perspective on Job Interviews (business.com)
- Stupid job interview questions that candidates ask and how to avoid them (helpyourcareer.org)