It’s unlikely you are reading this blog post for fun while you are bored. If so, Hi! How are you? How was your day? That’s really interesting. You should tell me more about it in the comments!
Most likely you happened upon this website and this blog post because you have an interview coming up or you have submitted resumes and are wondering about the next steps. While it may seem like a pain, we strongly believe it is vital that you prepare for your job interviews now. Right now. This moment. Close Facebook and listen up.
Preparing Ahead of Time
Most job applicants apply for jobs, wait until they are called for a job interview, and spend the next several hours preparing for that interview. In general, this process works somewhat effectively. For obvious reasons, people like to prepare for job interviews when they have a job interview scheduled.
However, you may come across a situation where you are given an unexpected interview:
- You are called by a recruiter that gives you a phone interview on the spot.
- You are asked by your boss to interview for a recently open position within the company.
- You meet someone via networking that is looking for someone like you to fill an open position.
- You may be called for an interview the next morning but you have unbreakable plans that night.
All of these are unexpected interviews. If you wait until an interview is scheduled to practice answering interview questions, you will miss out on all these potential interview opportunities. The last thing you want to do is have a dream job at your fingertips and miss out because you did not know an interview was coming up.
Yes, it is a time consuming pain in the rear. Yes, you have better things to do. Yes, you could be out drinking peppermint schnapps with your buddies instead of going through mock interviews for jobs you have not heard back from. There are other things you can be doing.
Still, if your true goal is to find employment, preparing for job interviews should be your priority. You have other things you can be doing, but by focusing on your job interview now, you ensure that you will not miss out on any opportunities in the future.
Take Away Interview Tip:
- Study for job interviews even when you do not have an interview scheduled.