Larry Polhill of Café Valley: Preparing for a Job Interview

You know you’re a perfect fit for the job; you have the skills and experience that make you the best person for it, but come interview day, you get all flustered and you lose your confidence. Before you know it, the interview’s over and you feel you sold yourself short. Here, Larry Polhill of Café Valley shares his tips to get you ready for the interview. Get ready to amaze your interviewer!

Before the interview

Once you’ve been contacted by the company for an interview, you have to make sure that you’re on top of your game come interview day. Usually, job interviews are set several days after the applicant was contacted which means that you have plenty of time to prepare. If you really want the job, preparation is key. Being prepared may or may not get you the job but knowing that you did your best is enough to at least put your mind at ease because you know deep down inside, you gave it your best shot. When you do that, Larry Polhill, consultant at Café Valley, believes that it’s not a wasted opportunity.

Here are a few things you should do before the interview:

1. Learn as much as you can about the company. You may already know tidbits about the company, but for the interview, it would be to your advantage if you know more than a few things. Use the company website to your benefit. Read about the organization, its executive and management team, learn about their mission and vision, their core values, and their products and services. It would also help if you know a little bit about their stiffest competitor.

2. Review your skills and experiences in relation to the job. You will most likely be asked about why you think you’re a good fit for the job and this is your chance to discuss your skills and experiences. Make sure to recount specific events or tasks in your previous job/s whose outcomes were successful but talk about it matter-of-factly, not in a way that makes you appear cocky or over confident.

3. Prepare your outfit. Dress smart and look sharp. You might be surprised at how wearing a “professional” outfit can boost your confidence.

4. Prepare your own Q&A. While you don’t actually know what will be asked or what the interviewer will want to talk about, it would help if you come up with a few Q&As of your own so you’ll know what to say in case some of your questions do come up.

5. Eat a good meal on the day of the interview. In your excitement—or agitation—about the interview, you could either forget to eat or you decide to skip it. This is a big mistake. The last thing you need is a grumbling stomach on the day of the interview. You might lose your focus, or worse, you get so hungry that you just want to be over and done with, with the interview as soon as possible because you don’t feel well.

These are just some of the things that can help get you prepared for your interview. Watch out for tips on what to do during the interview from Larry Polhill, Café Valley consultant.