In the days leading up to your interview, it is a good idea to do some research. You’ll want to research the company to make sure that your goals, passions and drive all align with the company’s mission, and you should consider researching the industry as well as similar positions within your region.
The next step in your pre-interview routine should be to review your resume and formulate 2-4 questions for the interviewer about the company or position. Then, whether you are familiar with the area or not, it is imperative that you know where you are going. You can map directions by using GPS or by using an app on your smartphone. If you are new to the area it is always a good idea to do a test drive to ensure you will arrive promptly.
The next step in your pre-interview routine should be deciding on what to wear. It seems like a trivial thing to worry about, but every interviewee is nervous on interview day because they want to make a good first impression. Take the STRESS out of what to wear by following these simple guidelines.
Go for a classic, timeless look. Opt for a well-tailored suit, dress slacks, or dress/skirt. The only time you should dress casually for an interview is when they specifically tell you to. Avoid items that are too tight or loose, and that are low cut.
Wrinkles are NOT your friend. Iron or steam your outfit. Wrinkles are inevitable when you have worn an outfit all day, this does not mean you don’t need to iron. An outfit covered in wrinkles gives the impression that you do not care about the job, company or even yourself. To limit the number of wrinkles in your outfit, get dressed right before you need to leave. If your interview is at the end of your day, simply take an extra pair of dress pants to change into.
Wear sensible shoes. The days of wearing a black heel that is only 2-inches high are long gone. What isn't gone is that whatever color or style of shoe you choose to wear should be comfortable and be the finishing touch on your outfit. The last thing you want to do is wear a shoe that you cant walk briskly in for an extended period of time or that limits going on a tour of the company.
Less is more. When choosing accessories, make-up, and perfume remember that less is more. Should you wear the same make-up and accessories that you wear when you go out with your girlfriends? Probably not. Having a full smokey eye with large hoop earrings and strong perfume can be distracting when in an interview. You want the interviewer to focus on you, not your earrings.
When it comes to a pre-interview routine, the more you prepare and review the less nervous you will be on interview day. Allow yourself to shine by dressing appropriately and professionally, arriving promptly with at least 10 minutes to spare, and by doing your research. If you prepare for your interview fully you will limit the interview nerves on interview day.