There is a quote that says “Thorough preparation makes its own luck” and we couldn’t agree more!
When you’re about to do something important that is going to define your future, there are a lot of things you should be prepared for. If you have a dream to work at a certain company that has been your desire for a long time or you get a callback for your next job interview, these are the things that you should prepare:
#1 Do some research!
When it comes to impressing your interviewer, it is all about due diligence. Yes, you read it right, due diligence. And yes, technical skills and experience are important, but we bet they are all over your CV already, aren't they?
You can show a very basic due diligence by getting to know the company’s background such as company profile, reputation, projects & portfolio, awards, etc. Spending a simple 15 - 30 minutes on their website and social media will make a huge difference.
#2 Make a professional CV
It should be well-structured, simple, clear, detail, and smart. We attended several "How to make a CV" workshops, they typically say that you should not have your photo on your CV. Well, based on our experience, you can tell many things about yourself through a proper photo. Proper photo means it is well-taken with a standard close-up angle, the person wears decent clothes (preferably professional), and a simple smile will do just fine (try not making any funny faces).
In case you’re a design student, showcase your talent by designing your CV well. Make sure the person who's going to read it get the information you want to convey and not overwhelmed.
#3 Practice your communication skills
For “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere” – Lee Iacocca.
#4 Don't be late
Be punctual. Don’t be late on your interview schedule. Your time management will show your professionalism.
#5 Dress properly
Do not show too much skin, wear shoes or more likely wear formal attire. Your appearance is important, for it will make a good impression.
#6 Mind your attitude
This also includes your body posture and body gesture while you’re interacting with other people.
#7 Be Yourself
You can show your ambition and passion, but don't be too agressive, and believe in yourself.
Be yourself and be honest.
#8 Double Check Everythings
Always re-check everything and most importantly the documents that you must bring to your interview. A simple crumpled CV can ruin your whole day.
Le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés. Luck only favors prepared minds.