It's no secret that interviews can be stressful. It's completely normal to feel nervous before an interview, however, confidence is key to making a good impression. If you have an interview, the hiring manager has already reviewed your resume and determined that you are a qualified candidate. The interview is your time to show them that you're not only a qualified candidate, but the best candidate for the job. Here are some ways to prepare for your next job interview:
Study the job description. This will show the employer that you're not only well-prepared but that you're interested in the position. Use the job description to prepare examples of your accomplishments that demonstrate that you can do the job.
Do your research on the company. This is another way to show the hiring manager that you're interested in the position. Coming into the interview with company knowledge will also allow you to talk intelligently about business strategy.
Dress to fit the job. If you're unsure of the proper attire, it's always safe to dress "one step up" from the typical apparel of the position or company. Dressing professionally will immediately give off a good impression, whereas undressing or dressing inappropriately can leave a bad impression.
Arrive 10-15 minutes early. Coming to an interview just-in-time or late will automatically give the interviewer a bad impression by showing a lack of time management or interest in the job. You also want to allow yourself extra time in case of traffic or unforeseen circumstances.
Bring positive and personable energy. Hiring managers want to hire someone who is passionate and driven. Not only do employers want to see that you have pleasant personality traits, but they want to assess if you'd be a good fit for the company culture.
If you're having a virtual interview, have your space ready beforehand. This can include: ensuring your computer is at the right level, having the meeting pulled up at least 10 minutes in advance to avoid any technical issues, being seated somewhere with good lighting, and turning all other computer and phone notifications off. Also, be sure that your background is professional and free from any distractions.