Attending an interview is often an overwhelming experience. This is particularly the case if you are a fresh graduate and are looking out for your first opportunity to get started on your career path. Of course, it is true that not one interview can determine your destiny but it is also true that it takes only one good interview to start building your destiny. That being said, people generally spend days and weeks to prepare for their upcoming interview in the perfect manner. But what if you don’t have all that time? What if, you are called for an interview immediately the next day after you made the application? Would you deny attending the interview for lack of preparation? Of course, not – a missed opportunity is usually a lost opportunity. Here is what you can do when you have less than 24 hours to prepare for your interview.
Last Minute Preparation – Is that feasible?
You may have read time and again that last minute work can spell doom. When it is for something as important as a job interview, you may want to be even more careful with a perfect plan. However, as mentioned above, there can be a situation when you may have to be rather quick with your interview preparation.
To be true, you can quite outshine at your job interview with just a day’s preparation. Following are four tasks that you should do. These tasks combined together may take you four hours or a little over that but this last minute preparation can be good enough if you take these tasks seriously.
- Ask questions
This is perhaps a no-brainer. You have to know where you are applying and what role you are applying for. Before you get into the ‘research-mode’, ask some basic questions. Check with the person who called you on who would be interviewing you – would that be a manager or a HR person? This would give you a good idea of the interviewer’s expectations. Check what is the appropriate dress code – you should neither be over-dressed or under-dressed according to the company norms and culture. Take proper directions if you are not too aware of the location. Plan your travel in advance so that you don’t get stuck up in traffic or get lost trying to locate the interview venue.
- Conduct basic research
After the phone call, sit back with your computer and do your research on the company. Understand the mission of the company, its core business and operations, where its facilities located are and what are the company’s expectations from its employees. It will be very beneficial for you to get information on aspects such as –
- The annual sales or turnover of the company
- The number of employees
- The products and services that the company deals with
- Any recent news such as change of top management, press releases about any company notifications, any new products or facilities launched, etc.
- Prepare on your CV
Go over your resume and think of different aspects that you need to emphasize about it. Talk about your achievements with specifications such as saying “increased sales by 20%” is a better point to state that saying “contributed effectively to growth of sales”. Not just work related, you may also want to specify non-work related achievements such as any philanthropic tasks you have done in the past or any significant academic awards that you may have received. Understand the highlights of your CV and prepare yourself on talking about them.
- Choose your outfit and sleep well
Get everything in place; your complete outfit so that you don’t have to rush or panic in the morning. It is true that your appearance can have an impact on your personality so dress well. Sleeping well is also important so that you are active and fresh the next day.