How to do your interviewing preparation

Almost as important as what you say during an interview is what you do and how you present yourself.

Grooming

It is a no brainer that someone who comes in looking disheveled and unkempt is much less likely to be offered a job position. Candidates who take the time do clean and groom themselves properly in preparation for a job interview are putting themselves in position for a job offer. Pull out all the stops: Get a haircut, shave (faces for men, legs for women), clean out your ears, brush your teeth, and take a shower. It's all about the Interviewing Preparation.

You may also benefit from a workout the morning of your interview. Muscles become larger after a workout, and this feeling may also make you more confident in your appearance, therefore giving your interviewer a more positive view of you.

Also, do not drink alcohol the night before your interview. Nobody looks eager and confident when they have a hangover.

Clothing

A small tip that most people never think of is this: Have an extra change of clothes in your car. You never know when you might spill a coffee or drop your breakfast on your shirt, and an extra set of clothes can be a job saver.

For women, avoid wearing excessively large earrings. These can be distracting to the interviewer. You want the focus on your words, not your earrings.

All clothing that you plan to wear for the interview, primary and backup, should be ironed and looking brand new.

Body Language

Body language plays an important role in the interview process as well. It is important to note, however, that you should not be so caught up in your body movement during the interview itself. Your focus needs to be on your interview and the questions you are being asked. Here are some things you should keep in mind:

  • When meeting your interviewer, extend your hand right away for a handshake.
  • Keep eye contact, but don't turn the interview into a staring contest.
  • When standing, arms that are folded across the chest can be taken as defensive. Try locking your hands behind your back instead.
  • Avoid 'um,' 'like,' and 'you know.' These phrases are fillers and are not necessary. When you feel the urge to use one, just pause and think. A well spoken, shorter sentence is much more effective than a long sentence packed with fillers.
  • When smiling, open-lipped smiles are more positive than closed-lip smiles. Show those teeth! Interviewing preparation with a friend will help you with all the little things that could make a difference.

If this seems like a lot to remember, try recording yourself in a mirror and have a friend ask you some sample questions. Take notes when you play it back, and try again. Interviewing is a skill, and practice will go a long way. Preparation is key.