Taking into consideration the fact that the job market out there is not at its very peak, finding a job can be difficult. Being called for an interview is, for the vast majority of the people out there, an opportunity they want to make the best out of – and that’s perfectly normal.

So, what are the most important things you should prepare before sitting an interview? We have picked up 5 of the absolute “basics” so make sure to read on if you want to find out more.

entrepreneur-593358_1280

1. Your attire

They say clothes don’t make you who you are – but the harsh truth is that they do make you who you are on a first impression. You don’t get a second chance with an interviewer and you should really make sure that you make that first impression absolutely impeccable in your potential employer’s eyes. Thus, you should “dress for success”. Depending on the nature of your job, you might be expected to wear an actual suit or something a bit more relaxed but still extremely professional (to be understood: still a suit of some sort, but not necessarily in black/white).

Also, do take into consideration the other aspects of your appearance too: hair, makeup and so on. They can matter a lot. You don’t have to go over-the-top, but if this is a job you really want, you might want to visit a salon (especially if you are a woman). Also if you are a woman, make sure you use the appropriate amount (and type) of makeup too.

2. Your homework

Never, ever go to an interview without doing your homework first. Research your company thoroughly before sitting an interview with them because there are many benefits that with this. First and foremost, you will avoid the embarrassment of being asked something related to the company and not having an idea what to answer. Secondly, knowledge will make you feel stronger and much more comfortable throughout the interview.

office-612532_1280

3. Your resume

Take a look at your resume and think of what might have attracted the HR team to call you. What was it in your resume that actually made them think you’re a good potential candidate? Make sure to do this so that you can emphasize on the idea throughout the interview (and thus, confirm the HR team that calling you was a good idea)

4. Questions

There are certain “tricky” questions you should expect to be asked during an interview – so make sure you research this aspect of the interview too. While it’s not OK to rehearse the questions and the answers by heart, it is definitely good to think of what you would answer to some of these trick questions (such as, for example, “where do you see yourself in 5 years from now”).

5. Sleep

Have a good night’s sleep before the interview. It will make you look at your best, think at your best and, ultimately feel at your best too – and trust us when we say that employers can “sniff” self-confidence (or lack thereof, for that matter).