Checklist and Tips for a Successful Interview
Preparing and feeling confident in your interview skills is the key to being successful at landing that dream job. Once you receive that exciting e-mail inviting you to an interview, there are several key steps you need to take leading up to the big day.
If you’re going to your first ever interview or have been out of the game, then this checklist will be perfect for you. Even if you’re a seasoned pro, when your super nervous for your upcoming interview it will give you peace of mind to just check things off and know that you are ready to OWN IT!
I have attached a free printable Interview Checklist for you to use on the day of your interview – please feel free to download! Here are some key tips for preparing for the big day:
Once You Receive the Invitation
- As soon as you receive your invitation to interview, confirm the date/time and CELEBRATE!
- Add all of the information into your calendar, just to be safe.
- Figure out where the office is and print out details on how to get there.
- You might have a few days or a few weeks before the interview. Either way, start practicing as soon as you have your interview confirmation.
Leading up the Interview
- Research, research, research the company! You may have a general idea of what they do, but you need to know more in order to impress. This may be one of your interview questions – so do your research and know some interesting facts about the company!
- Prepare your outfit well ahead of time. Full business attire is usually the way to go (matching suit or dress with a blazer). You always want to look one level up from the way the employees dress.
- Do a little test run of your outfit and shoes beforehand to make sure it’s comfortable and you can actually sit/walk in it. Avoid any wardrobe oopsies on the day of.
- If you have time to do this, also do a test run of how long it will take you to get to the office. This will help you feel comfortable with finding your way there and knowing how much travel time to allow yourself.
The Night Before Your Interview
- Use your handy checklist provided to start checking off the items you need for the next day.
- Make sure your outfit is freshly pressed and ready to rock it.
- Prepare the materials you want to bring to your interview.
What to Bring to Your Interview
- Name, telephone number or email of the person you are interviewing with just in case you need to get a hold of them.
- Extra copies of your resume and cover letter (bring a few in case you have more than one interviewer).
- The job description and any company information you want to review before you head in.
- A list of 3-5 tailored questions to ask at the end of the interview to really show them your interest.
- A pen and paper in case you need to make any notes during the interview.
- Bring a printed list of at least 3 references. Some companies won’t ask for this yet but it’s better to be prepared.
- If you are in a creative field, you may want to bring a portfolio or other visuals of your work.
- Your confidence!
On the Day of Your Interview
- Make sure you are 10-15 minutes early and use the extra time to review the job description and any notes you have made.
- I would suggest not having any caffeine before you go in case you are in the interview for a while…
- Be sure to ask all of your interviewers for a business card at the end of the interview so you can send them all a follow up thank you email the next day (it keeps you fresh in their mind and hopefully stand out against other candidates who may not have sent one).
- Remember to SMILE and sell your best self!