Preparing for a job interview can be a nerve-wracking part of the interview process. Your mind may race with questions like, “What if the interviewer doesn’t like me?” or, “What if I can’t answer some of the questions that are asked?”

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So, what can you do? It is important to remember that an interview is made of two parts: things you can control and things you cannot. Preparing for an interview is something that you can control. If you do this, you can relax knowing that the rest of the interview is made up of parts beyond your control, like the difficultly of the questions or the mood of the interviewer.

It is important to prepare for interviews so the interviewers will see you as a prepared and confident professional right from the start. The way that you present yourself to an employer from the very beginning will set the stage for your future career with the organization or company. The way that you speak and act on the phone, as well as during your interview, will influence how an employer views your ability to be a successful employee.

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Preparing for the interview will also help you to feel at ease when answering questions. You will then seem more relaxed and self-confident. This confidence will help you to outshine others who also apply for the job.

In this series, we will explore six topics. These topics will help you develop skills to secure and succeed in a job interview:

  1. Learning About an Organization or Company

  2. Getting an Interview

  3. Learning About the Job Itself

  4. Preparing to Answer Questions

  5. Preparing to Ask Questions

  6. Mentally Prepare

This is the first post in our series on how to prepare for an interview. Stay tuned for future posts in this series to gather tips and tricks for having a successful interview! If you would like to learn more about teaching workplace readiness skills, click the free trial link below.