Interview Prep

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Job Interview Prep

With her suit and professional looking folder, she is ready for her interview.

People often think that once they get an interview, they’ve done all they can to get a job, that the interview is out of their hands. This is not true. Once you have an interview scheduled, there is still work to be done.


Research the company. Find out what the company does, who they do business with, how many people the employ, etc. In short, find out as much as you can about the company. You never know when you can use this information in the interview. So, spend a couple of hours on it.

In addition to researching the company, research your position. See what’s new in your field. Check ads for similar positions to see what employers are looking for. Remember to double check the ad you responded to so you can be sure to mention qualities from the ad during your interview.

While doing your research, try to think of a few good questions to ask during the interview. At some point, your interviewer will ask “Do you have any questions for me?” So, make sure you have a two or three good questions. Also, look up common interview questions and come up with answers ahead of time.

It also wouldn’t hurt to use websites like, and the Bureau of Labor and Statistics to determine what your salary expectations should be. However, don’t bring this information up during your interview. This information should be brought up later, ideally after a job offer.


Before you start out for your interview, you should plan out your route. Allow yourself about 30 minutes extra to get there. This helps to give you a cushion in case you hit traffic or get lost. Many people have GPS in their cars but, you don’t want to wait until you’re on your way to the interview to figure out how to get there. Find the directions the day before so you know how much time to budget to get you there with time to spare.


Before your interview, decide what you’re going to wear. This can be tricky so, plan ahead. If you’re not sure what to wear, do a drive by. Go past the office during lunch time to try and get a sense of what the employees wear. Then, wear an outfit a step up. You want to look good but, you also want to make sure you fit in.

If you’re really not sure of what to wear and you can’t do a drive by, wear a suit. If you’re overdressed, you can make your look a little more casual. However, if you’re underdressed, there’s not a lot that can be done.


There are a few things you should with you to all of your interviews:

* Two copies of your resume

* Two copies of your references

* Notepad

* Pen

* Professional looking folder to put everything in

Having the above items will ensure that you are prepared in case you need to make notes, fill out a form, or if the interviewer asks for your resume or references. You never want to be caught unprepared or fumbling through your purse to find what you need.

Going on a job interview is always stressful. However, by being prepared for your interview, you can help to make it a little easier.

 What do you do to prepare for a job interview?


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Jen Small

Jen is a writer who is originally from South Florida. A former recruiter for a Fortune 500 company, she has also worked in several different industries - real estate, insurance, construction, and education. Jen has now taken this experience to help others as a resume writer and designer. She currently lives and works in South Korea. View all posts with career advice.