How to Prepare for an Interview

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Whether you're on the hunt for your very first job, or just looking for a change of scenery, preparing for that first interview can be a bit daunting. Not to worry, the best way to ace an interview is to be prepared. These next few steps will show you how to step into that interview with confidence.

Review your resume. Okay, so you've applied for the job and been invited in for an interview. Time to look over that resume and ensure that everything is accurate and up to date.


Research the company and the position you've applied for. I'm sure you did some research when you first applied for the job, now's the time to see what the company's all about and what they're really looking for. We've come a long way with the Internet. Just type the company's name into a search engine and you're on your way to information overload.

Dress the part. You don't necessarily have to walk in wearing a three piece suit, but jeans and a polo probably isn't the best choice either. Opt for slacks and a nice sweater or collared shirt.

Bring a copy of your resume. Although you probably sent a copy when you applied for the job, prospective employees like to see you taking that initiative. It's also a weight off their shoulders to avoid the hassle of searching the desk or computer for sed resume.

Be on time! Even ten or fifteen minutes early couldn't hurt. Promptness is one of the key factors employers look for in their employees.

Come prepared with some questions. Not just about salary and hours, but about what the company strives for and what you should be striving for as their employee.