Your job interview can make or break you – as such, you need to be prepared before going in. But before the day itself, you need to make sure that everything falls into place. While you might think of yourself as highly-prepared, you still need to go over the basics. Here are the three things you need to check – at least before you go on with your job interview.
1. Your Documents.
While you might have submitted your resume before being called in, it is essential that you have your CV with you before you go to the job interview. You can assume that the interviewer has a copy – what if he does not? Being unable to produce a copy of your resume will dampen your chances of being hired.
Apart from making sure that your documents are with you, you need to check it twice or thrice for mistakes, typos or grammatical errors. Maybe you spot one or two booboos in your document – make sure to rectify these mistakes immediately, at least before you attend the job interview. If you were not able to refine your resume before you submitted it, make sure to do so before meeting with the employer.
2. Your Knowledge about the Company.
Most job experts recommend researching about the company before participating in a job interview. After all, your knowledge about the firm can greatly increase your chances of being hired.
The essence of knowing the company can never be understated, especially because the interviewer might ask you why you would like to work for his company. If you do not know squat about the company, chances are you will not be able to answer this question with conviction. You might end up with generic, run of the mill answers – replies that might throw you back from the selection table.
Some interviewers also ask what you can contribute to the company – so if you have knowledge about the industry, you can answer this question with much persuasion. Because of these factors, it is a must that you NEVER leave the comfort of your own home without doing a quick research about the firm you are applying for.
3. Your Appearance.
Your appearance is one of the most important things you need to check before heading on to a job interview. Here are some dressing tips that can help you scale the ladder to success:
- White or Blue solid shirt.
- Dark-colored, single-breasted suit with 2 or 3 buttons. 1/2 inch of the shirt cuff must be exposed, while the jacket sleeve should not go beyond the knuckles.
- Dark-colored pants – Cuffed for tall men, uncuffed for short males.
- Solid or conservatively-colored tie.
- All clothing items should be well-pressed and wrinkle-free.
- Plain or capped rounded toe Oxford shoes with closed lacing that should be polished!
- Belt that matches the color of your shoes.
- Hair should be recently cut.
- Well-shaven face, facial hair must be kept to a minimum.
- No perfumes or aftershaves, please.
- Dark, two-piece suit in gray, navy or black. Pantsuits or Skirt suits? Your choice.
- Light-colored cotton shirt or blouse. Avoid strapless tops and spaghetti straps.
- Sheer or nude-colored hosiery.
- Closed-toe pump with mid-sized heels that should be clean and polished!
- Briefcase or leather purse.
- Well-trimmed nails with neutral-colored polish.
- Minimal make-up.
- Neatly-fixed hair that is tucked away from the face.
- Conservative watch with link or leather strap.
- For inclement weather, a dark-colored trench coat would do.
- Avoid wearing flashy jewelries and baubles.
While a job interview might sound intimidating, keeping these three things in check can improve your chances of being hired. So before you hurry to the interview location, make sure to keep these factors in line!