Job Interview Checklist

From Sunny Matani

You’ve secured the interview, now it’s time to ace it! Use the following checklist to ensure you’re completely prepared to wow potential new employers.

Pre Interview

☐ Print out a copy of your resume, preferably on thicker stock to help it stand out.

☐ Review the job description. Make a list of the attributes and skills the company is looking for.

☐ Create a list of potential interview questions and quiz yourself.

☐ Practice with a mock-interview if possible.

☐ Work out travel logistics. How long will it take you to get there? How will you travel?

☐ Consider your interview outfit. Make sure it’s job specific.

☐ Prepare a list of references with contact details.

☐ Create an up-to-date portfolio of job skills and development. (If applicable)

☐ Prepare a list of questions to ask your interviewer.

The day before

☐ Ensure your interview outfit is clean and pressed.

☐ Double-check your route. Do a dry run if necessary.

☐ Get all your credentials together, including your portfolio, certifications, industry memberships, driver’s license, social security card, and multiple copies of your resume. (Bring multiple copies of your business card if applicable.)

☐ Pack something to take notes on and with.


Post interview

☐ Write down key points of the interview as soon as possible.

☐ Send a thank you note to each of the interviewers within 24 hours. This is your chance to show how interested you are and prove, once again, that you’re the right candidate for the job. (If you are able to send a hand-written thank you card, it will be more personal and stick out.)

☐ Follow up if you’ve not heard anything within the time frame discussed.