After months of job hunting, you finally scored an interview. Now, it’s time to ace the interview and snag your dream job. To prepare, ask yourself these four questions to make sure you start off on the right track.
An important part of preparing for the interview involves researching the employer, but don't forget to prepare answers to questions from the interviewer. Those straight forward, yet undeniably tricky questions have a tendency to throw people off. So be prepared to answer "Where do you see yourself in ten years?" or "Can you explain the gap in your resume?" Ask a close friend of family member to run through some mock questions to help you prepare.
To feel confident, you need to look confident. Ensure you are well-groomed and dressed in professional attire for your interview. But have you considered what the colors you've selected to wear say about you? A CareerBuilder study found the colors blue and black were the more recommended by employers for job seekers. Conversely, orange topped the list of the worst colors to wear, as it was most associated with someone who is unprofessional. Think blue and black are boring? Dress it up with sharp, appropriate accessories like a scarf, watch, or necklace.
There is nothing worse than showing up late to an interview because you got lost or due to a traffic jam. Take time to plan out your route and leave cushion for and traffic mishaps. If you're unfamiliar with the area, take a test drive to the company a day or two before. Making a good first impression starts with showing up on time, and being on time means arriving 15 minutes early.
Besides your resume (of which you should always bring a few copies), be sure to ask if the position you're interviewing for requires a portfolio, writing samples, or any collateral that will demonstrate your skills. The employer will see that you are prepared and it will also help you stand out from your competition. Interviewing, as with anything else, takes practice. Proper preparation helps to alleviate pre-interview stress and will give you the confidence to impress any employer.