Preparing yourself before a job Interview

The job interview is not just a get-up, go and attend kind of activity. It does require some preparation from the candidate's side if they want to make the best out of it. If a candidate is serious about the interview then he should back it up with the solid preparation and pre-planning. Let us understand in this article things to take care of before a job interview.


After getting an interview call there are few preparations that should be done and things which need to be taken care of so that a candidate does not face any inconvenience and is able to perform well during the interview. Let us see what are the things involved.

Preparations required before the job interview

  • Read the job description - It is essential to read the job description provided by the company for the position which you are going to be interviewed for. The job description provided by the employer gives you a very clear idea of the skills required for the position. Through the job description, you can also make yourself aware of the roles and responsibilities you are expected to handle in the new position. Hence the job description should be considered very important and even if the company is not providing it you should make an honest attempt to follow up and get it from them. The job description can also help you to prepare yourself for the interview. Seeing the job description you can always guess to some extent as to what kind of questions can be asked during the interview. From the roles and responsibilities mentioned in the job description, you can prepare yourself on how to answer the questions related to it. By going through the skills and tools mentioned in the job description you can always study and brush up your knowledge on them so that you are able to answer the related technical questions in the interview.

  • Study the company profile - The hiring managers who are taking the interview expect you to have some knowledge about their company as to what work it does and on what technology it is into. Hence it is necessary for a candidate to do his or her homework before the interview. They should go to the company website and get some knowledge about the company so that they are not blank-faced when the questions asked about it in the interview. If a company sees that you have done some research on their company then they feel that you are genuinely interested in the job. On the other hand, if they see that you have not bothered to know about it then it may even create a negative impression.

  • Know the interview venue - When you get an interview call letter you should check beforehand as to what is the venue for the interview. It can either be companies own office or else at times it can be some hotel. You should check the things like how far the venue is from your residence and how long it will take to reach there. You should check all this well in advance so that at last moment you do not struggle to locate the venue and get late for the interview.

  • Documents - There are some documents which should always be with you in a file for an interview. These are the hard copy of your resume, the last 3 months salary slips, the salary structure and breakup, offer letter of your existing company and your ID proof. Whether it is mentioned or not in the interview call letter, it is a good practice to keep everything with you in case you need it in the interview. Resume and the ID proof are mandatory required most of the times. The person who is taking interview is most likely to ask for the hard copy of your CV because many times they are not carrying the laptop and don't have the computer in front of them where they can see your CV. On the other hand, the ID proof is required from the security perspective to gain the access to the company premises. The security and the reception staff will generally ask for the ID proof. Other documents mentioned may or may not be required in initial interview rounds as generally they are needed during the final HR round of the interview. But keep all to be on the safer side.

  • Brush up your knowledge - Again this is very important from the interview point of view. Getting the interview calls are not easy nowadays so it makes sense to use it to your advantage as much as possible. Before going for the interview you should always find time to brush up the knowledge and skills related to your work experience. If there are some skills, knowledge requirement and tools mentioned in job description than it is best to familiarize yourself with them before the interview. In this sense, you have to consider interview as your exam.

  • Follow up before the interview- Just do not blindly leave for the interview. Make sure to check your latest emails, phone SMS, Whatsapp message, phone calls to ensure that you have not missed any latest information from the HR regarding your interview. Sometimes it happens that there are changes in the interview schedule and sometimes it may also get canceled due to some reasons at the last moment. So a company HR may send the rescheduling or cancellation information on the day of interview sometimes if it is the last moment decision. In a hurry to leave for the interview many times, it is possible that you do not check your messages and emails and sometimes also miss your calls. So make sure you check everything before leaving for the interview. Even if you do not have any new message from HR it is a good practice to call the HR either on the day or the day before the interview to reconfirm the schedule and to make sure that there are no changes. Going to the interview venue and coming back without giving an interview can be a pain so avoid this inconvenience as far as possible.


So if you are serious about attending an interview then it is advisable that you consider above points and try to follow them. The interview outcome may not be in your hand but at the best what you can do is to be well prepared for it. Every interview may be a different experience so try to learn from each new experience and make an attempt to use it in next interview preparation to achieve better results.


Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao19 May 2018 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 1

It is how you face the interview is more important than how much you know. You should appear confident when you face an interview. Try to look at the person who asked the question and answer the question but doesn't try to see another way when you are answering. Before attending the interview you should get yourself prepared for the same. It is better you ask some of your friends to conduct the mock drill of the interview it will give you some experience in facing the interview confidently. Try to know about the company through known sources or through their website. If you have some experience try to brush up various points you know about your job in the present Organisation. Try to answer the questions confidently and don't hesitate to say I don't know if you really don't know the answer. Never bluff or try to imagine. If you are a fresh candidate the project you have done your qualifying exam is very important. They may just touch upon that work also. SO try to brush up that concept also.

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