How to Prepare For a Job Interview 

Abraham Lincoln said, “I will prepare and someday my chance will come.” Many of you have worked hard for your chance—an interview with a company you want to work for— yet failed to prepare. When you don’t know how to get ready for interviews, chances are you won’t get offers until you do.

“It amazed me that people often show up for job interviews unprepared—without appropriate business attire and without a clean resume,” said Robin Friedman, quoted in the New York Post. The New York City branch manager of the Creative Group , a marketing headhunter, says interview preparation is critical.

When it comes to preparing for an interview, here are four quick tips that will help you:

  1. Be sure you leave home with the correct address and correctly spelled name of the interviewer you’re about to see. Then if you’re running late, you can call ahead to explain.
  2. But make sure you don’t run late. Because being late for your interview date is a deal killer for sure. To insure prompt arrival at an interview site, plan to get there twenty minutes ahead of time. This allows for commuting delays. You’ll get a good sense of how long it takes to get from point A to point B by making a dry run beforehand.
  3. When you arrive, ask the receptionist for directions to the rest room. As you walk around, you’ll pick up clues as to what the corporate culture is like.
  4. Turn off your cell phone before entering the interviewer’s office. Checking it during an interview can blow your chances with a prospective employer.

Abe Lincoln understood well the value of preparation when he also said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

You’ll get loads of mind sharpening tips about how to prepare for your next job interview, along with how to turn interviews into job offers, in my new book titled “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.” 

You might aso enjoy reading Interviewing tip: Speak Positively

Copyright ©2015 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.