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Video:Preparing for a Job Interview

with Alison Doyle

Showing up to a job interview without preparation is like showing up to a test without studying. Learn what you should do before your interview so that you look professional and knowledgeable on the big day.See Transcript

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Transcript:Preparing for a Job Interview

Hi, I'm Alison Doyle for About.com. Being prepared for a job interview will help you manage the stress of answering questions and will help you make a positive impression on the interviewer. Here are some tips on how you can prepare ahead of time for the big day.

Dress Professionally for the Interview

When you're looking for a job, it's important to always have one good suit to wear. That way you don't have to scramble, even if you get a last minute call for an interview.Try everything on ahead of time so you don't have any last minute fashion disasters.Pay attention to detail - your hair, nails, shoes, should all look polished and professional.Research the company (and the job) ahead of time.

Research the Company Before the Job Interview

Use sites like Glassdoor, Vault, and Google (Google the company name) to find information about the company, its management, and the jobs the company typically hires for.

If you're a member of professional networking sites, use your connections to get inside information that will help show the interviewer that you are knowledgeable about the company, its mission, and it employees.

Prepare for the Interview

Plan your interview, request time off from work if you're employed, plan the logistics of getting to the interview with plenty of time to spare. Print out extra copies of your resumes and a list of references.

Practice Interviewing

Practice interviewing by having a friend or family member run through typical questions with you. And also come up with questions of your own, because you will be asked if you have any at the end of the interview. Having one will show you've done your homework and are truly interested in the job.

Stay calm and know that you're ready to do your best. You've spent time practicing and preparing, so you’ll be ready to interview effectively. Thanks for watching. To learn more visit us on the Web at About.com.
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