Preparing for an Interview: Your Job Interview Checklist

Check out our step-by-step checklist on how to prepare for a job interview.

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By Adam Jazairi

So you nailed the cover letter, wrote a killer resume, and got called in for an interview. Congratulations! Few people get to this point. The next step is to go through your job interview checklist.

Give yourself plenty of time to get to the interview. Parking can sometimes be a mystery and ideally, you should arrive at least fifteen minutes before your appointment.

Many people skip this step, but a job interview checklist can make all the difference. Especially if you’re new to the job search process, knowing how to prepare for an interview is crucial. This job interview checklist will give you an idea of what you should be doing, from the moment you after you get the call to moments before the interview.

Of course, this job interview checklist is merely a suggestion. Specific preparation will vary depending on the interview, so feel free to add and subtract steps as necessary.

Your Job Interview Checklist

___ Research the company, including its business model, mission statement, dress code, etc.

___ If possible, try to find out who will be interviewing you and learn a little about them.

___ Decide what you will wear to the interview, and make sure that you have appropriate attire.

___ Review your own professional background, making a list of all of your achievements so they’ll be at the front of your mind.

___ Write another list of the questions you think you might be asked at the interview. This will vary based on the company and position.

___ Once you have your list, sketch out some possible answers to the questions. For some people it may help to write down the answers, as well, but make sure you’re not reciting them word-for-word, or you’ll sound like a robot.

___ See if you can get a roommate, friend or family member to do a mock interview with you with the questions you’ve come up with. Ask them for notes on your answers, body language, etc.

___ Be sure to consider any weird interview questions you might encounter, so you’re not caught off-guard.

___ After the mock interview, revise your answers as necessary.

___ Get a good night’s sleep the day before the interview.

___ If possible, try exercising the morning of the interview. This will help you be alert, focused and energetic.

___ Don’t forget to eat breakfast!

___ Give yourself plenty of time to get to the interview. Parking can sometimes be a mystery and ideally, you should arrive at least fifteen minutes before your appointment.

___ While you’re waiting for the interview, take some time to relax and find your center. Deep breathing exercises are a good way to calm your nerves.

___ When they call your name, head in to the room confident and poised, knowing that you’ve made all the necessary preparations.

Good luck!

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