Confidence comes from being prepared.
There are 5 things you can do before an interview to be prepared so as to be able to create a confident professional impression on the interviewer.
1. Research the company
Always research the company. Go to the company website and read about the founders, company portfolio, clients, competitors, company vision and any other information you can find. This helps you better understand the company, its culture and helps you to see how you can contribute to the business success.
2. Prepare a list of questions
After doing research start compiling a short list of questions you would want to ask about the company. Make sure the questions are relevant to the company and the job you are applying for. At the interview raise some of the questions. This helps you to engage with confidence and shows your interest in the company.
3. Know the job description and cross-reference
Read through the job description and know what they are looking for. Cross-reference the job description with your previous work experience. Think of examples as to how you can apply the work and experience you have to the requirements of the job description. Highlight the skills that you have to those required in the job description.
4. Plan what you are wearing
By researching a company you will get an idea as to the corporate culture of the organisation. Some creative companies like agencies prefer a more casual dress code and you would need to dress accordingly. If in doubt as to what to wear opt for a professional look. Dress up for the position you are applying for. Make sure the clothes are ironed, clean and fit you well. One can never go wrong with a black suit and white button-up shirt. Here are our 6 things not to wear to an interview.
5. Plan your trip to ensure you are on time
Google the location of the company and make sure that you build in enough time to get to the interview. Keep in mind the weather, traffic, and any potential accidents that could happen on the way. Download clever Apps like WAZE to get you out of a fix if you find yourself stuck in traffic.
“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” –Arthur Ashe.