1. Over-prepare for the interview
A few days prior to the interview, gather as much information as you can about the company. Research deeply about the company using sources such as its website and blog articles that shed more light about its goals and challenges. Let not business jargon intimidate you. Acquaint yourself with such times and you will be at peace.
An interview is an interactive activity. Come up with a few questions to pose to the interviewer concerning the job position, what it entails and the company.
2. Organize your portfolio and interview attire in advance
The portfolio you plan on presenting on the interview day should comprise a notepad, a quality pen and a copy of your resume. The notepad should contain the questions you intend to pose to the interviewer. Also, a map showing the interview venue, the name of your contact person, his or her phone number and a few of your personal business cards must be inside the portfolio.
To avoid last minute hassles, ensure your portfolio has the relevant materials and figure out your dress code the night before. Choose a formal business or business-casual dress code with respect to the company.
If you need to do personal grooming- waxing, shaving your beard or making your hair, do so a day before the interview. The aim is to avoid last minute preparations which can be very stressing.
3. Have a solid plan
Take time to wisely plan the interview logistics the same way you would approach a road trip. A good traveler understands that careful planning prevents setbacks on the actual travelling day.
Have a solid schedule that accounts for the entire interview day right from the moment you get out of bed up to the moment you get back home from the interview. Allocate more than enough time for travelling to venue. Have a to-do list for your big day. Even small things like remembering to switch off your phone after arriving at the interview venue is crucial. Planning everything prior to the interview will give you the confidence you need to deal with the interview.
4. Conduct a pre visit
If you cannot drive, then use a bus or train to get to the interview venue. Your purpose is to confirm the exact interview location and estimate the amount of time needed to get there. If you intend on driving, be sure there is parking space. Knowing all these things will make the interview less hectic.
5. Arrive on time
Arrive at the interview venue about 30 minutes before the scheduled time to familiarize with the surroundings. You do not want to get there five minutes to the interview only for the receptionist to say “You are in the wrong building, the interview venue is some miles away”.
The benefit of arriving early enough is that the receptionist becomes aware of your presence and notifies the hiring manager. It also gives the impression you are interested in the job position applied for. Also, you get enough time to survey the company, its employees and customers. The image projected by employees will help you judge the nature of the company. Is the company a conducive workplace setting or is it demotivating environment? You will only find out if you arrive very early.