Teacher Life

How To Prepare for an Interview

Alright you’ve done the research, thought about what you would wear and what you would say. Your phone rings the person on the other line asks if you are available for a job interview today. In the calmest, most professional voice you say “yes I will be there”. You hang up the phone and it’s like someone in the house hit a panic alarm and your running around in circles not knowing what to do first. Sound familiar? Okay maybe that’s not what exactly happened but that’s how it played out in my head.

Let me give you some background about my interview experience. From the time I was 18 to 21, I had five job interviews for various jobs. When I said I wanted to try it all, I wasn’t kidding. From being an event host at SkyZone to a real estate agent I had many different interviewing experiences. Job interviews would make me a little nervous but I also felt like I was good at talking to people and showing my genuine interest in the company.

When it came to my teacher interview I had quite a few freak out moments. From “Oh my gosh, I’m going to forget everything I learned in school” to “Maybe I’ll just be a substitute teacher…again”. For some reason, the thought of going into a teacher interview stressed me out more than any other interview had before. Thankfully after my interview, they liked me and called me back to offer me a teaching position.

Whether you are trying to be a teacher or a real estate agent. Here are some tips to help you be as prepared as you can be for the job interview you want.

1.) Breathe. Seriously, even though you may think this is the job interview of your dreams and you can’t mess it up. Everything works out for a reason. Even if it’s not the school you want to be at, or you wanted to get a job at a different company. You never know what opportunities are lying ahead. Stop what you are doing, take a deep breath and try to stay calm. (If you are like me it also means don’t drink that cup of coffee because you don’t want to be a jittery mess.)

2.) Read/write a bible verse down that gives you peace. My job interview was scheduled at the last minute. At the beginning of the week when I was writing everything down in my planner I didn’t think I was going to have a job interview for that week and it made me a little anxious. At the top of my planner I wrote down Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” That week, especially on the interview day, I was praying a lot but reading this verse gave me peace. Knowing that God already has a plan for my life means I should not be anxious, but to step out in faith. If the job was meant to be it will work out.

3.) Pre-plan what you are going to wear. Even though I had no clue when I was going to get a job interview I already had an outfit picked out. And on top of that, I had a backup, which was good because I ended up using it after I got deodorant stains on the first outfit. #hotmessexpress anyone else with me? Make sure it is something you are comfortable in and you aren’t going to worry about a wardrobe malfunction.

4.) Be over-prepared. Yes, the interviewer will probably already have your resume printed out. However, bring a backup, bring a portfolio if that applies to the job you are applying for, search YouTube for sample job interview questions. Even if you think you aren’t going to use any of it…do it. You want to show your potential employer you care, your knowledgeable and you’re prepared for anything that could come up.

Now relax, smile and be confident knowing that you are going to do that best you possibly can. If you have any other job interview tips share them below so we can help each other out!

-Alissa

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