So you have an interview; the excitement has died down and the nerves have set in. First take a deep breath and sit down. It is time to do some homework.
Research the position and the company
Start off by revisiting the initial job posting to make sure you know exactly what the job entails. If you have any questions, make note of them. It is good to have a couple of questions for the interviewer about the job itself or the company. Having a couple questions is a way to demonstrate to the interviewer that you did your homework.
Research the company’s website. Most companies also have some sort of mission statement as well as other information on the company itself. Familiarize yourself with the mission statement as it will help you understand the goals and ethics of the company.
Also Google the company as a way to find out if they have been in the news lately or if they recently revealed a new product. Most companies also now have social media accounts like Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram. See if they have a social media account and use the information you gathered to make you more informed on the current interests of the company. Also, try to find out a little bit about the company’s backstory. This research will let you know about the where the company started and where they are today.
Use your network
If you know who will be interviewing you, Google them as well. Social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn will have information on their backgrounds and interests. This information could help you make more of an impression on your interviewer or help you connect with them.
If you have any friends or connections to the company, utilize them. Reach out to your connections to learn more about the culture of the company: what is it like working there, how do people dress, what is it like day to day?
Sounds silly, but take a few minutes to Google yourself. See what comes up. Is it all work appropriate? Are your social media sites clean? Chances are that whomever is interviewing you is searching your profiles online to see what comes up. Their aim is to see if you are professional and would be a good fit for the company. Be aware of what comes up when you google your name as they may ask you about it. Also while you are at it, re-read through your resume. Is there anything there that you are particularly proud of and want to highlight?
Directions & Alarms
Use the night before your interview to determine transportation plans. Knowing the phone number for the office where you are interviewing is helpful, just in case of an emergency. That way you can let them know if you are going to be delayed or need to reschedule due to unforeseen circumstances. Choose the outfit you are going to wear for the interview the previous night. Set more than one alarm to ensure you wake up early enough to get ready in plenty of time. You don’t want to feel rushed on an important day. Try to go to bed early so that you are well rested and ready to go.