In preparation for an interview, you agonize over the questions you’ll likely be asked, you rehearse your answers, and you focus on how to make the best first impression. This is important, but in reality it only focuses on the face-to-face part of an interview.

To be fully prepared, there are some more things you need to be sure of before the day begins.

The basic things like knowing whom you are meeting with, the parking situation, and what to bring with you can help you on the day of your interview.

Before your next interview be sure about these few, simple things.

Whom Am I Meeting With?

During interviews you can be meeting with just one or perhaps many individuals. These people range from a recruiter, your potential future boss, or the co-workers you’ll eventually be working alongside. Before the interview it doesn’t hurt to do a bit of research on these individuals on LinkedIn to get a bit of background on them. You will know more about whom you are talking to and you may even discover some talking points or questions you can bring up later in the interview.

What Will the Format of the Interview Be?

Similar to whom you’re meeting, you should know if in the interviews you will be facing a panel or if they will be one-on-one. In some instances you may be interviewing alongside other candidates.  Whatever it is, knowing will prevent any curve balls being thrown at you. You will be prepared and ready, regardless.

How Long Will the Interview Be?

It may seem unimportant, but knowing something like this will help you, especially if it is a long interview process. If the session is longer than 3 hours, it could be a good idea to bring a snack for the last hour. It is also helpful to know so you are not surprised by anything.

What Do I Need to Bring With Me?

Other than the standard few copies of your resume, depending on the company and position, you may need to bring some work samples. Be forthright and ask if there is any other documents you should bring. If they requested something and you don’t bring it, it could significantly lessen your chances of landing the job.

What is the Parking Situation?

It is the first experience you have on the premises so you want it to go as smoothly as possible.

Nothing is worse than starting off by not knowing where to park and possibly making yourself late for the meeting. Or perhaps it is a parking garage that only takes cash and you only carry cards. Ask if there is anything you need to know about parking beforehand. In the end, you will be happy you did.


Combining this knowledge with the rigorous interview prep you were already doing, will give you all the confidence you need to knock it out of the park come interview day. The day will move along seamlessly because of your prep, and you will be on your way to landing that sweet new role!