1. Do additional research on the company’s values and mission statement
2. Understand the interview format
- For an in-person interview, dress appropriately, be on time, and wear minimal fragrance. You can read more on best practices for interviewing here.
- If your interview is a virtual interview via Skype, Google Hangouts, etc., then check to see if you have the proper software and hardware needed way ahead of time and test to make sure it works. Once you do, set up your video interview accordingly. Try to call from a place that has low background noise, good Wi-Fi, and few wall decorations so you can maximize the interviewer's focus on you. If possible, do a test run before the interview by video calling a friend or family member.
- For a phone interview, try to call from a place that has low background noise and a good cell connection. Also, do a test call with a friend or family member to check to see if your call quality is in good shape. I once did a phone interview with bad cell connection, and it was a disaster. Lastly, dress in interview clothes for your phone interview. Don’t get me wrong; I live in my pajamas and sweatpants, but dressing in interview clothes for a phone interview can help you get into the interview mindset. Get more tips on how to ace a phone interview here.
3. Practice as much as you can
- Practice answers to common interview questions like “Can you tell me about yourself?"
- On glassdoor.com, you can find interview questions from past interviewees. Before I interviewed with a firm, I prepared a list of questions from glassdoor.com, and surprisingly the interviewer asked me a few of the same questions.
- Schedule an appointment with a career counselor do to a mock interview. This will be very helpful and takes talking to yourself in a mirror or with a friend to another, more professional level! Doing a mock interview with a career counselor improves your skills and they will give you constructive feedback.
- If it helps you, prepare a script that you can recite to yourself when you are practicing. Then, the more you practice, minimize your use of the script so your speech sounds more fluid rather than rehearsed.
- Bring a few copies of your resume. Occasionally, an interviewer doesn’t have your resume to reference during the interview, so bring a few copies just in case. Also, having extra copies of your resume may be beneficial to you if you’ve updated your resume since you submitted your job application. If you’ve updated your resume to include a new accomplishment or job experience, bring an updated resume to give your interviewer. This will also spark a conversation about your new accomplishment(s), so take advantage of this opportunity!
4. Plan your transportation a few days or a week before