Got a bad case of the interview jitters? It's totally normal, and expected, to be a little nervous as you go into a job interview. The best way to handle these nerves is to be prepared. Before you arrive at an interview, do your homework! Related: Is Your Interview Mindset Stopping You From Success? Quite frankly, first impressions count, so you’ll want to ensure you’re putting your best foot forward as soon as you walk into the interview room. You can do this by completing pre-interview homework. Most companies have an online presence, so it should be relatively easy for you to learn about the company. You should also familiarize yourself with the position for which you are interviewing. If possible, print out a copy of the position description and take it with you to the interview. Other items that might be worth researching include:
- Background of the company – how long has it been in business, how has the company changed over time, what type of work does it do, where are its offices located, who owns the company or is it publicly traded, what type of people does it hire?
- Position description – what are the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position, how do your skills match this position, where is the position located, what will be required of you on a daily basis, is there room for growth?
- Corporate culture – this could include items like dress code, work hours, amount of travel required, etc.