So you’ve been on the job hunt for weeks…maybe even months. It’s gotten to the point that looking for a job has actually become a full-time job in itself. Then, one day, you finally receive a call from a prospective employer asking you to come in for an interview…Tomorrow. With all the work you’ve been putting into filling out and sending in resumes, you barely even remember what the job you’ll be interviewing for is all about. Don’t panic. We’re here to help. But we don’t have much time, so let’s get started.
If you’ve been surprised with an invite for a job interview – and you feel like you’re not prepared in the slightest – there are a few things you can do.
First: Take a deep breath. After you’ve composed yourself, read on to discover the trick to quickly preparing for your next-day job interview.
1) Know What to Expect
FIrst things first, you need to have a good understanding of the entire situation.
Perhaps the most important thing you need to know is what your potential position entails. Take a quick glance at the numerous job sites at your disposal to gain an understanding of the duties you’d be fulfilling, what other positions work in tandem with yours, and what range of salary to expect.
Also, find out who within the company will be interviewing you. Learn about what they’re responsible for and what their current needs are.
(Keep all this in mind – we’ll come back to it soon.)
Finally, determine the logistics. Know how to dress. Know how to get to the office, and how long it should take. Look up alternate routes and parking options. As you know, first impressions are everything; don’t overlook the small stuff.
2) Dive Into the Company’s Website
The website of the company you’re interviewing with will almost certainly have a ton of information to help prepare you for the interview.
Take some time to learn about the company’s mission, its main functions, and the people that work there. Take note of any recent awards or accomplishments listed (either on the website elsewhere on the web). Look to see if there are other individuals listed on the site that currently work in a similar position; this will give you a good idea of what you’ll be doing if hired.
Also, don’t ignore the recreational side of the organization. Take note of any involvement in charities or community events, then look into these organizations as well. The more you know about every little bit about the company, the better your chances of making a good first impression.
3) Align Yourself
It’s not enough to simply know about the company – you need to know how you fit into it, as well.
Think back into your past experiences – both personal and professional – and brainstorm ways in which you can connect with your interviewer and others within the company. Think about your responsibilities in past positions, as well as times you implemented “soft skills” that led to a successful outcome.
Your resume got your foot in the door – now it’s up to you to make a connection.
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