How to Prepare For Interviews: Interview Preparation Timeline

Updated: Dec 3, 2020


You must have read hundreds of pieces of advice how to be successful at the interview, how to answer each question, impress the recruiters and land the dream job. However, there is one important thing you should bear in mind. A successful interview starts long before you enter the room with interviewers, take your place across them and start answering questions. No one has ever come spontaneously from the street, entered the room with interviewers, impressed them and got the job - no matter how smart, capable, or confident they are (except Mike Ross - go Suits fans!). If someone tells you he or she got a job without a second of preparation, they are lying. Successful interviews require preparation - a thorough one. It's a fact.

The more you give, the more you get.

The more you prepare, the more you will stand out among other candidates and the better the chances of you getting a job will be.

Simple as that.

Follow this simple timeline to prepare yourself and ace the next interview they invite you to.

24 HOURS BEFORE THE INTERVIEW

Go through the job description, explore the company and tailor your answers

You want to present yourself as a professional, knowledgeable and highly motivated candidate.

The easiest way to do so is to prepare yourself in advance by re-reading job description and available information about the company.

Focus on information relevant to your area of expertise (e.g. recent marketing campaigns, financial reports, or information about their social activity).

One of the first questions you'll hear will be:

If you prepare yourself well and include the specific information about the company and the role to make it obvious that you have done your research, you will be on the right path to securing the job of your dreams.

Additionally, try to predict competency-based questions they might ask you.

Prepare answers and examples. Structure them by using the STAR technique.

Practice your answers in front of the mirror

You want to be confident in front of the interviewers.

Considering the fact that nonverbal communication affects 80 per cent of the image we leave, while verbal communication affects the rest - the best way to do it is to practice your answers in front of the mirror to become aware of your body language.

It is obvious that body language plays a key role during the interview.

If your body language is not aligned with the content of your answers, you will not win interviewers over, no matter how perfect your answers are.

So - get rid of nervous smiling, leg shaking, or arms crossed on your chest.

Also, pay attention to the tone of your voice and the speed of talking – talking too fast may leave an impression you are trying to hide something, while taking too slow may put interviewers to sleep.

12 HOURS BEFORE THE INTERVIEW

Prepare your winning outfit

There is no need to overdo it. You are not going to a fashion runway.

Prepare a classic white shirt, pants or skirt, and nice tidy shoes.

Don’t forget to iron your clothes.

Be aware of the materials you choose – avoid materials that are easily folded or those in which sweat stains are too visible (unfortunately – we have seen them too many times – waaay too many).

Try on your outfit.

You don’t want to get caught by surprise tomorrow when you get dressed and notice a hole in the back of your shirt or a broken zipper on your pants.

Groom yourself to boost your self-confidence

Do your own small thing that boosts your confidence in seconds. Style your hair differently, prepare your favourite perfume, your lucky piece of jewellery or contact lenses instead of glasses.