5 Things To Do Before An Interview

5 Things To Do Before An Interview

Written by: Komail Mithani

June 2, 2009 5:26 pm 0 comments

The interview is your first and last impression to show your potential employer that you are an asset he/she cannot live with out. It is your time to shine and convince them you are the best candidate for the position. I have gone through several interviews, as a college student, and realized there are some little things you can do before going into an interview. The following is a list of things I believe you should do before an interview, so that you get a competitive advantage over any other candidate. Now more than ever, taking that extra step before an interview can land you the job you always wanted or needed.

1) Research the company’s website. What do they do? Get a feel of their culture and the company’s mission and purpose.

2) The day before the interview, drive to the company’s location so that you know where they are located. This will take the nerves off when you are headed to the interview the next day, because you already know where they are located.

3) Make a hand-written Thank You note to present to your interviewer after the interview. Make sure you hand write it and DO NOT type out the note. The personal feel will add a special touch and I promise it will completely “wow” your interviewer after you hand them the envelope. If you are not certain of your interviewer’s name, just address the letter to “Dear Interviewer” or “Dear (Insert the company’s name).” Here is an example of a Thank You note I wrote to an interviewer:

Dear Company X,
Thank you for taking the time to discuss the summer marketing internship position with me. This experience has greatly helped me better understand your company and the job.
I hope to hear from you soon!
Always inspired,
Komail Mithani

You can buy small Thank You note cards at any retailer, but make sure it is appropriate for a business setting.

4) Always add the company’s phone number to your cell phone. If for some reason you are running late or there is a traffic jam on the way to your interview, you will have the company’s number at hand so you can relay to them your situation. The interviewer should be understanding of your situation. Keeping an open communication is always important.

5) Arrive at least 15 minutes before your interview time.

Remember always walk into an interview with confidence and preparedness and you should be able to impress your future employer with ease. I hope these have helped you and feel free to leave any comments or things you believe have helped you prepare for an interview.