Finally! After all the hard work you have done, someone invites you for an interview. This means that your application stood out from all the others who have expressed their interest for the position. As you move one step closer, make sure that you leave a positive and lasting impression to secure your slot. Below are some tips and guidelines to help you prepare better for your interview:

1. Do your research
Once you receive an invitation for interview, it is time to do your share of research. An applicant who has an idea about the company’s business clearly indicates her eagerness to be a part of the organization. You need to understand the nature of the business and who its clients are. You can utilize the company website to get all basic information. If you are confident enough, you can call the HR department to ask more questions about the company. It is highly important to come prepared and part of it involves knowing more about the company.

2. Be mindful of the location and schedule
In an interview, small things such as time and venue must always be considered. Overestimating or underestimating both can cause serious problems that may jeopardize of winning the job. A few days before the actual interview, try to visit the location to see how much travel time you need and what are the best routes to take. Through this, you already have an idea what to expect during your travel.

3. Be presentable
It has been said that you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. In interviews, make sure that you look well-put and presentable. For men, well-pressed long sleeved shirt, trousers and a simple tie is advisable. Reserve your suits for appointments with senior members or executives. As for women, a dark colored jacket paired with plain or pastel shade blouse partnered with either skirt or trousers is recommended. Skirts should be of appropriate length and accessories should not distract your interviewer. Stick to conservative style and avoid wearing anything that might be too revealing.

4. Be organized
Your interview is your chance to showcase to your potential employer how competent you are for the job. This can be measured on how organized you are with your personal belongings. Keep all your documents in a presentable briefcase that can easily be taken out and shown to your interviewer. If you plan to create a portfolio, choose only your best and most significant work. You may print a hard copy of your work to be compiled in one, clear folder for easy viewing.

5. Be mentally prepared
There is no such thing as being over prepared for a job interview. You have to make sure that you are ready not only physically but mentally as well. A few days before the interview, it is best if you research possible interview questions and prepare your own answers. Visualize yourself being interviewed and rehearse your answers to ensure that it sounds natural and not too scripted.

6. Be time conscious
Never be late for an interview. Punctuality is an indication of your professionalism. Make sure that you have sufficient travel time including the expected traffic and other possible hindrances that you might encounter during your travel. By being time conscious, you will not be too stressed out during your trip and you will have more time to relax and prepare for your interview.

7. Graciously comply with application forms and personality tests
Prior to your actual interview, expect that you will be asked to fill out a lot of forms and be asked to do special tests. This is part of the company protocol for all new applicants. Make sure that you accomplish all the forms and answer the tests up to your best potential.

Winning an interview entails preparation and a lot of effort. Bear in mind that the HR personnel has seen a potential in you and it is now your chance to prove that you are very much qualified for the job. By having a positive attitude and being well-prepared, you will surely have a greater advantage over the others in getting your dream job.