Getting Ready: How to Prepare Yourself for an Amazing Interview

You did it.

You pounded the pavement, pushed your resume into the hands of anyone who would take it, and called time and again to check on your application status.

And you did it! Your hard work paid off, and you landed an interview.

Now comes the tough part. You can feel the apprehension building because you don’t want to blow it. So what do you do? Here are a few tips to help nail that interview:

1. Practice! It’s just like studying for a test. Have a friend hold a mock interview to get accustomed to the possible questions. You can also have your friend listen for verbal disfluencies, such as “um,” or “like.” You want to work to filter those out of your speech so that you sound more professional and confident.

2. Set up the night before. Choose the outfit you are going to wear, put any paperwork you may need near your car keys, and have everything ready to go. The less you have to do in the time before your interview, the better. It is also a good idea to enlist a friend to call to make sure you are awake. It would be awful to be late or miss the interview altogether due to a faulty alarm clock.

3. Wake up early! You want to give yourself plenty of time to relax, go over your answers to possible questions in your head, and to travel. Running late will only make you feel more anxious, which may lead to a less-than-stellar performance during your interview.

4. Breathe. Once you are at your destination, take a moment to orient yourself. Take a few deep breaths, clear your head, and relax. You are great! You know what you want to say, and you are prepared for this meeting.

 

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