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September 1, 2021

Preparing to Succeed – Interview Skills – MT Minutes Video

Rosie Robinson

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So, you've got an interview. Phew! That's the hard part over…right? But suddenly that initial feeling of excitement has been replaced by a looming sense of dread as you realize that you've now got to speak to real-life people and convince them that you're the best candidate for the job. Oh no!

Interviews can be daunting. But by equipping yourself with the right tools and knowledge, you can make sure that you make a great first impression.

Do Your Homework

It may sound boring but doing your research is a sure-fire way to earn you brownie points in an interview. Organizations want to know that you're passionate about their work and that you can help them to succeed.

Browse through their mission statement, blog posts, press releases, and social media – and make a note of any questions that pop up as you go.

Plan Your Outfit

The interview is your potential employer's first opportunity to put a face to your name and job application. So, make sure that you dress to impress.

Now this doesn't mean that you've got to be dressed to the nines. But the morning of the interview isn't the time to be fishing your lucky shirt out of the laundry basket and hoping that no one notices the coffee stain on the sleeve. Set aside something clean and presentable the night before. If in doubt, it's always better to overdress!

Keep Your Cool

The key to a successful interview is to stay calm. You can avoid unnecessary, last-minute stress by giving yourself plenty of time to rehearse answers, print spare copies of your résumé, or research the role.

If you want to find out more about preparing for an interview, check out our latest short video to learn how you can set yourself up for success!

Catch Up on Mind Tools' Minutes

In case you missed them, head to our YouTube channel to watch the first two episodes in our new video series in which we explore quick tips, techniques and suggestions on how to get a new job.

Do you have any good tips for preparing for an interview? Let us know in the comments below!

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