5 Best Things to Do to Prep for an Interview

Congratulations! You’ve survived the job screening process and scheduled your interview. Now, the nerves set in. Whether it’s your first job interview or your 50th, you likely feel a bit apprehensive. So, how can you set yourself up for a successful interview?

Check out these 5 things you can do before your interview to prepare and stay relaxed.

1. Research the company, the job, and even the interviewer

You’ve probably already done some research about the job you’re applying for and the company as a whole but take some time before your interview to brush up. Look over the website, paying close attention to the about and leadership pages. Don’t forget to check out the social media pages and reviews. Put together 3-5 thoughtful questions to ask the interviewer and be prepared with follow-ups.

You should also look up your interviewer on professional sites such as LinkedIn so you’ll know the basics about them and their job history.

2. Practice interviewing

Run through your interview, either on camera or in front of a friend. Take notes about how you look and sound and practice answering the anticipated interview questions.

3. Choose your outfit

Take the time the night before to pick out your interview outfit. There’s nothing worse than rushing around in the morning, trying to decide what to wear, and feeling the stress build. Have your accessories laid out and readily accessible, too. It will save you a lot of time and anxiety.

4. Plan your transportation

Weather, malfunctions, and other issues happen, and you don’t want to be caught before your interview with no way to get there. If you’re driving, make sure your car is running well and that you have enough gas. Check out the parking situation near your interview and ensure you have money for parking if needed.

If you’re using public transportation or taking a cab, allow plenty of time for delays and traffic on your way. If you can, practice your route the day before and pay attention to any construction or traffic alerts that could slow your trip.

5. Rest

Get plenty of rest the night before. Lack of sleep reduces your ability to listen and be attentive and can increase the levels of stress and apprehension. If you can, go to bed early. If your nerves are getting the best of you, or if early to bed is not your usual sleep pattern, try a natural remedy such as a lemon balm or melatonin to help you relax and sleep.


Interviews are nerve-wracking, but it’s important to stay positive! Focus on all you’ve accomplished in your career so far and remember why you were invited to interview: you have what it takes to succeed.

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