Be sure you know the name(s) and title(s) of the person/people who will interview you. You may be able to find additional information with photos about the interviewers on the company website, LinkedIn and other social media that will help you remember their name(s) and pertinent information.
For phone and web-based interviews, also make sure you have the necessary contact information, web instructions and an emergency phone number in case of technical issues. It’s also important to confirm who is initiating the call.
What kind of interview will you be participating in?
Knowing what kind of interview helps you prepare in advance.
- Phone Screen
- Recorded one-way or live video interview
- In-person interview (on and off-site)
- Panel interview
- Assessment Center (You can Google this if this is the type of screening.)
Know the scheduled time (and time zone) of the interview.
Arrive 10-15 minutes early for in-person interviews and don’t be late. Repeat…don’t be late. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable. If you are going to be late, call to let the employer know. Arriving too early can be awkward for the interviewer if there are others being interviewed. For phone or video interviews, be ready ahead of time, testing your equipment if web-based. Ask how long the interview is expected to take so you can plan your day accordingly.
For in-person interviews, know the street address, the floor and/or suite number and parking/public transportation. If you are unfamiliar with the traffic at that time of day or you’re not sure exactly where to go, you may want to have a practice run in advance so there are no surprises.
Interviews can be stressful. Being prepared and knowing the answers to the questions above reduces the stress and clears your mind, allowing you to be yourself and focus on the key things that are important for your interview.