How to Prepare for an Interview

March 5, 2020

You’ve done it! You made a resume, drafted a cover letter, submitted your application, and now you have an interview scheduled with the job of your dreams. You’ve already come a long way on your job-hunting journey, but there are just a few more steps to take. 

That’s why we’re giving you some great tips on how to prepare for your next interview. Keep reading to learn more. 

Know Your Stuff

One of the best ways to impress at an interview is to go in feeling confident. In order to feel like you’re performing at your best, you should take some time to get acquainted with the company you’re applying at and the position that you’re interviewing for.

Go online and learn a little about the company’s culture. What are their values? Do they have certain ideals that line up with your own? If so, you can make sure to slide references to those facts into your conversation when you’re interviewing. 

You might also be able to research the person or people who are interviewing you. If you can learn their names and faces, then when you see them for the first time, you’ll be able to greet them confidently and with a smile. Remember: research is always a great way to start feeling more confident. If you aren’t sure, just go ask around to try to learn more! 

Look the Part

When you go into an interview, your first impression matters a lot. You only have a few minutes to impress your interviewers and convince them that you’re the perfect person for the job.

When you get dressed, remember to keep it professional, but don’t try to outshine the people you’ll be interviewing with. It’s important to make sure that you’ve dressed the part but make sure your attire matches the role you are applying for. For example, you wouldn’t want to wear a three-piece suit to an interview for position as a foreman on a jobsite.  

You’ll want to wear something that shows a little of your personality, but also fits in with the role you’re applying to fill. If you aren’t sure whether it fits the bill, skip it.

While you’re at it, be sure to wear something that’s comfortable. It can be distracting if you’re shifting constantly, or clearly uncomfortable during an interview. You want to make sure you’re prepared to do your best. Skip the high heels or the shirt that’s too tight when you button it all the way, and make sure you’re professional, pressed, and ready to impress.

Ask Questions

A lot of people are afraid to ask questions during interviews because they think it may make them seem like they don’t know what they’re talking about. A lot of the time, this couldn’t be further from the truth! It’s important to come with a few questions prepared about the company and the type of work you’ll be doing.

If you’re stuck on where to start with questions, check out our blog for some more ideas. 

While you’re at it, if you’re scheduled for a phone interview instead of an in-person one, be sure to check out our tips for phone interviews, too. 

Your interview is about doing the best you can. If you don’t hear back from them, don’t be afraid to reach out and inquire about what you could do better in the future or why they chose another candidate over you. It shows initiative, commitment and a drive to improve. That way, even if they don’t hire you, they may remember you when another opportunity becomes available or recommend you to someone else looking for a candidate like you.

 

BCVision is dedicated to developing the workforce in Battle Creek. We’re happy to provide assistance and resources to everyone in Battle Creek, whether you are looking for a job, are in the process of interviewing for a job, or if you want to develop skills in your current position. Reach out to partners like Michigan Works! Southwest for the next step in your career and let us know how we can help!