How to Ace Your First (and Succeeding) Job Interview

A job interview can be really tough and nerve-racking. But it won’t be if you come prepared. Here are a few pointers on how to survive your first interview and live to get the job!

1. Prepare. 
When it comes to a job interview, there is no such thing as overpreparation. Even before getting called for a job interview, you need to ready your resume, your portfolio, and your answers to potential questions. Make sure you have your references ready, too, because some recruiters ask for the contact numbers of references immediately after a job interview. 

2. Complete your documents
Make sure you have all the documents that companies would ask for like your transcript of records, certificates of training and workshops you attended, or even letters of recommendation from your professors or your boss from an internship. 

3. Research about the company 
Don’t just go to the interview for the sake of bagging the position. Learn the about the company. Check the “About Us” section of the company’s website, their vision and mission, and make sure that you are aligned with that vision, too. Often, companies look for specific kinds of people who would be a fit in the working environment. 

4. Give yourself time allowance to get there
Thanks to Google Map and Waze, there is no more excuse for the late-comers. If you are not familiar with where you’re going, give yourself a big travel time allowance. Ideally, you should arrive 30 minutes before your interview. That way, you’ll even have time to go to the wash room to freshen up before you get interviewed. 

5. Read and understand job description.
When you apply for the job, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. Interviewers will often ask about skills and training that are relevant to the job requirements. So be prepared to answer that and sell yourself. It pays to know the job description so you’ll be able to highlight the skills that the job requires. 

6. Dress professionally
This does not always mean that you should dress in a black suit. It all depends on the industry and the position you are applying for. Creative industries for instance have a more casual, even fashionable, dress code. Some positions like creative director or artist will have more leeway in how they dress up. When you are applying for a creative position, it is better to have a more creative outfit. Don’t overdo it, of course, but don’t show up in boring black. 

7. Prepare questions for the company
Most often than not, interviewers will ask if you have questions for the company. Ask. It will be a sign that you have an inquiring mind and that you are interested in getting to know the company. 

8. Practice answering questions.
Google “job interview questions” and you’ll find a list of the most common questions asked during this process. Familiarize yourself to those questions and have an answer ready. That way, you won’t need to think about the answers. Practice in front of the mirror, or better yet, get a friend to practice with you.