Finally, it’s the night before your big job interview. Only problem is, you’re a nervous wreck who, after having prepared for weeks, can’t seem to get your act together. You feel you’re not ready after doing several hours of research, reading the company’s “About Us” section on their website, asking your friends working there what the culture is like, and even looking up the hiring manager’s LinkedIn profile.
Whether you’re applying directly at a company or have an interview scheduled with a recruiter from an employment agency, it’s perfectly normal to feel nervous. Still, if you want to do something about your jitters to placate yourself on the night of your interview, follow these tips.
Know Where to Go
The last thing you want is to get lost going to the interview and end up being late. Waze is a great app and all, but don’t depend on it alone. Be sure to cross-reference your route on other maps, whether it’s Google or on your iPhone’s Maps app. Make sure you also have a full tank of gas and factor in the traffic in your travel time.
Go Through the Company’s Site and Social Media Channels One More Time
If you want to cram one last time, go ahead, indulge yourself. Go through the company’s website one more time just so the most salient points are still fresh on your mind. Do the same on their social media pages. You never know, there might have been big changes that happened literally overnight. This information just might help you set yourself apart from other candidates.
Practice Your Elevator Pitch
If you have only one minute to “sell” your personal profile, how would you do it? By now you should have a well-rehearsed pitch about yourself, your skills, experience, and unique value proposition. Describe how you would be an asset to the company and why you’re worth hiring.
Don’t Shy Away from Small Talk
An interview starts off with a little bit of chit chat, usually about mundane stuff like the weather, traffic, or sports. Don’t take this opportunity to make a solid first impression for granted. Be familiar with the latest goings-on with your local community and the rest of the world. Watch the evening news or read the latest headlines. Do anything you can to make yourself more engaging and aware of what’s happening around you.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Want to wake up for your interview feeling fresh and energized? Make it a point to get at least 8 hours of sleep. Avoid any alcohol and make your bedroom as conducive to relaxation as possible. You want to be at your best the next day, so get some rest.
Need More Job Interview Advice?
If you follow these pointers, you should be ready for your interview. If you need more tips for next job interview, the staffing services specialists of Top Notch Personnel have you covered. Contact our offices to learn more about how our services can help you.