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How to Prepare for a Job Interview

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 4 8

It is very difficult these days for people to find jobs. There are so many people who are either unemployed, working part-time, or working for mimimum wage. Those who wish to get a job when so many others are applying for the same job need to be prepared for their interview. Being prepared for a job interview can really make a huge difference in their success in getting the job.

Things You Will Need

Dress appropriately.

Learn about the company and about the job that you are applying for.

Arrive early.

Be prepared to answer questions, and be sure to ask questions as well.

Step 1

Preparing for a job interview is really not all that hard. You really must be sure to dress appropriately. Go shopping, and buy something new if you have to. Make sure that what you choose to wear is comfortable. That includes everything, right down to your shoes. If you are not comfortable, it will show.

Depending on the job that you are applying for, you may wish to consider getting a haircut or even just throwing your hair up into a ponytail. Whatever you do, be yourself. Never try to pretend to be someone that you are not.

Step 2

Preparing for a job interview includes learning a little about the company that you are applying to work for. You don't have to know all about them, just enough to show that you really are interested in the company.

Learn as much about the job that you are applying for, also. You should know what days you will need to be working, the hours, if it is full-time or part-time, etc. It would be a wise idea to do a little research first, too. Find out how much this job pays and what your duties will be.

Always arrive somewhere around 15 minutes early. It is never good to arrive exactly on time or late, and it is not good to arrive way too early, either. Be sure to be relaxed. If you are really nervous, try your best not to let that show. Be proud that you have been chosen to have the interview. Not everyone who puts in an application for a job is lucky enough to get an interview. You are one of the few that have been chosen.

The company has already seen something in you that they like. Be prepared to give them a reason to hire you over the others who are being interviewed.

Step 3

Get plenty of rest the night before the job interview, and be sure to eat a good breakfast. You most likely will not do well if you are hungry and/or tired.

Be ready to answer alot of questions, and be sure to ask questions at the end. Asking questions shows that you have a real interest in the job and in the company.

Get out there, and go to that job interview. Go prepared!

Tips & Warnings

Relax! Of all things, please remember to relax. If you don't get the job, it won't be the end of the world. Maybe it just wasn't meant to be. Something better might be right around the corner.


Jun 23, 2010 10:47pm
Excellently presented with lots of good tips to land that job.thank you. thumbs up article.
Jun 24, 2010 9:38am
Preparation is key to a successful interview. Great tips!
Jun 24, 2010 11:25am
I like the point in #2 that the company already sees something in you they like, that's how you got the interview. Too many people go in with the idea they'll never get the job but forget your point. Nice writing.
Jun 24, 2010 2:38pm
Nice article about preparing for a job interview!
Jun 24, 2010 5:41pm
As a former Career Development Instructor at a Business School, I taught resume preparation and held practice interviews. You've captured the gist of the training in your tips here. May I add a couple of things that came back to me from prospective employers after the graduates interviewed? Be sure whatever you're wearing is clean and free from stains or visible safety pins. That may seem minor, but employers are looking for people who pay attention to even the small details. Enjoyed reading your article and look forward to your next one.
Jun 25, 2010 11:06am
Wonderful advice on how to prepare for a job interview. I work at a high school and help graduating seniors in a essential life skills class. I will pass on your tips!
Jun 27, 2010 11:06pm
good general advice. I wonder if you could expand by adding different possible open ended questions and guideines on how to best answer these questions.
Jun 28, 2010 8:01pm
Good advice, overall. I think it's also helpful to prepare responses to the typical questions you may get--you know most everyone will get the infamous" what are your weaknesses?" question!
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