Seven tips to prepare for a job interview


Flyers for jobs in Hershey are posted in the D wing hallway. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 11.3 million job positions were open at the end of February of 2022. (HHS Broadcaster/Ashley Bu)

The job interview can be one of the most stressful phases of getting a job. Here are seven tips to enhance your interview to improve your chances of obtaining a position.

Research the job

Thoroughly research the intricacies of both the position and the company that you are applying to. This can help you be prepared for any interview questions related to the job or field itself. Additionally, it also shows that you are dedicated to learning more about the company.

Look over possible interview questions

Looking into common questions in job interviews can let you know what to expect. Use these questions to ponder about your strengths, weaknesses, and what qualities you bring to the company.

Dress in proper attire

Dressing in clean business or business casual attire shows employers that you are professional and well organized as a worker. Common articles of clothing for interviews include, but are not limited to: blazers, dress pants, blouses, and slacks. Avoid wearing sandals or flashy jewelry, as they can make you look unprofessional.

Be well-rested

To have the most optimal performance at a job interview, it is important to be prepared both physically and mentally. For example, receive about seven to nine hours of sleep the night before. This can help increase focus and other cognitive abilities. Eating a balanced breakfast prior to the interview prevents hunger from impairing your performance as well.

Be inviting

Making a good first impression to an interviewer is crucial, as The Undercover Recruiter found that 33% of employers decide whether or not to hire someone within the first 90 seconds of an interview, and much of this is determined by the personality of the interviewee. Smiling and maintaining eye contact with the interviewer helps them know that you would be welcoming and confident within the workplace.

Ask questions

Prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer after you read about the company and your position. Doing so can help not only yourself to be prepared for what a typical day at the company may look like, but it can also help the interviewer see that you are interested in knowing more about the job beyond its industrial components.

Be sincere in your responses

By being sincere in your responses, you let an interviewer know that you will be a trustworthy worker. Treating it like a conversation can ease the stress of an interview. Make sure to avoid having an exact pre-planned response as it can make you come off as superficial.