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What Should I Do Before My First Interview For a Job? (VIDEO)

Here are a few ideas if things you can do before your first job interview.


I was asked the question on Quora today. The question translates into, "What should I do before my 1st job interview?" I think it's a pretty simple question and that most people know the answer to it . But this person is a little frightened and it's understandable.. It's the 1st 1.

1. Lighten up on yourself.. Reduce some of the pressure. There will be other interviews after this. You want to do well. Think of it as great practice. Even with thinking about it is great practice, you want to do a certain amount of preparation.

2. Make sure you have an appropriate wardrobe. You want to be dressed properly for the kind of job you are interviewing for. Obviously, if you are interviewing for training program at an investment bank, you would dress differently than a job in Silicon Valley and differently than you mind if you are interviewing at Whole Foods for job. So dress appropriately for the dictation.

3. Start to do a little research about the job is involved. How do you do that research? In all probability there was a job you that you applied for or you are referred by someone. Look for the job description or talk with your friend who referred you for the job about the position and what is being sought.

4. Start to prepare answers to predictable questions that firms might ask you. Don't notice what some of them are? Go to and visit the blog area. Look for tough interview questions among the tags that I have for the blog. Start the practice answers for tough interview questions. Start with the basics like, "Tell me about yourself," and then go on from there.

It isn't enough to think the answer. You have to hear it come out of your mouth. It is best if not only you hear come out of your mouth but you practice with someone who is able to give you constructive feedback. I'm not talking about feedback like, "That's sucked." You want to get someone who will listen to you speak and say something like, "The way you spoke you sounded a little frightened or scared. " Maybe they say something like, "The way you spoke, you spoke quickly and was hard to follow you." Whatever it is, look for someone who can give you that kind of feedback in order to help you improve.

5. Practice. Practice. Practice.

6. Everyone tells you research the firm. It isn't like it's hard to do that. Go on the web. Go on the website. See what they do. You probably already know it. But, assuming that you don't, find out what they do. Go on LinkedIn and look at the person or people you will be interviewing with. If you aren't connected to them in any way, try a Google search or one using That's a US centric site to look at LinkedIn public profiles of people in the United States. If the person doesn't have a LinkedIn profile, obviously, you're not defined. But it searches all public LinkedIn profiles in the United States. Look at their background; that will let you know if they are it in HR or a hiring manager.

Again, practice, practice, practice. Practice to the point where you seem sincere and believable. After all, when you go to the theater and watch the show or go to a movie, you don't start thinking, "Oh! That's so and so on the screen or on the stage." You start seeing them in character pretty quickly. They have rehearsed to be that simple in their presentation and so believable in the role, you forget that they are human being playing a part. You see them in that part and has that part. That's what you want to be doing. You want to be believable, credible. You want to be a human being who is looking for a job, not just simply an "applicant."

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.


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