Some of the main jobs it's important to do before an interview include things like ensuring you have a good idea what the company you're potentially going to work for does, and that you've re-read your CV so you can predict some of the questions that might come your way.
But there are also some smaller jobs that it could be easy to forget, and that can prove important
To help you make sure you don't fall into the trap of neglecting one of these small tasks when you should be getting it sorted, here is a run-down of some little interview jobs…
Polish those shoes
Smart shoes don't look all that smart if they're scruffy or dirty. Giving your footwear a polish if it needs it is a must if you're looking to perfect a slick look for the interview. Give yourself a head start by doing it several days in advance, rather than the night before, to help avoid the risk of running out of time. This tip, of course, works well when it comes to any pre-interview task you might need to do!
Iron in good time
It's worth taking the time to get that crease just right in your trousers and make sure your shirt or blouse is pristine and crease free. Spending as long as it takes over the ironing in advance will help you avoid a rush which could see the task become stressful.
Pack your bag
Make sure you have a bag packed with everything you might need before the big day – for example, in some jobs, a portfolio of work is a must-pack item. Check that your bag is looking as neat as the rest of your outfit and won't let the side down when it comes to smartness.
Know where you're going
These days many of us will be enlisting help from Google Maps on our way to an interview location we're unfamiliar with. But while smartphone map apps can be a lifesaver when you're lost during the journey to an interview location, it's always a good idea to look your route up in advance, too.
Take a few minutes to tune into exactly where you'll need to go for the interview and what landmarks will tell you you're close to your destination. It will help you feel prepared for the big day.
Remind yourself who you're going to see
What's the name of the person who will be interviewing you? You may well be able to boost the first impression you make by knowing it – and you certainly don't want to be caught out when you need to tell another worker at the company which colleague you have come to see.
Double check any important names before you set off, and commit them to memory. You might even be able to check the name against the company's website to find out more about the person interviewing you and even see what they look like.
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