How to Prepare for a Walk-In Interview

In some situations, and with some organizations, it is possible to simply walk in for an interview. While most interviews are scheduled by email or over the phone, there are some cases where a hiring manager is open to accepting walk-ins. If you have found a job opportunity that is accepting walk-in applications at any time, there are certain things you can do to best prepare for this situation.

Walk-in interviews are just as important as scheduled interviews, and you shouldn’t take the brevity of the meeting for granted. It is critical to come prepared with educated answers to possible questions relating to your background, experience, and skillset.

Here are some of the top tips to prepare you for your next walk-in opportunity.

1. Always Research the Company First

Just because you can walk up and get an interview doesn’t mean the company isn’t worth researching. When you first hear about an organization’s walk-in interviews, you should first look them up online. Learn what you can by clicking on the “About Us” section of their website.

Study the list of job requirements for the position you want to interview for. Make sure you have a solid understanding of the work culture so you know whether you’d be a good fit.

2. Bring Your Resume

Your resume is basically your professional life in one paper-sized package. Include all of the most important and relevant topics that the interviewer will want to see. Update your resume to reflect the values shared by this company you are about to sit down with for the first time. Since your recruiter won’t know anything about you beforehand, this is the one piece of information that will start the conversation and land you in good favor with the company.

3. Study Common Interview Questions

There are certain questions that every interviewer asks, no matter what position or field you’re applying for. You can study some of the better-known questions and formulate solid answers before walking in. That way, you’re sure to come prepared. The recruiter will be impressed by your confidence and knowledge.

Some common interview questions include:

  • Can you tell me about yourself?
  • Why are you a good fit for this position?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why did you leave your previous job?
  • What are some of your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Can you work well under pressure?
  • Do you have any questions for us?

4. Arrive As Early As Possible

Most open interviews are scheduled during certain time slots of a busy recruiter’s day. The earlier you show up, the more likely you are to make a lasting impression. Showing up early shows how prepared and passionate you are about the job. Plus, your interview will be fresh and full of energy, since the recruiter is just getting started.

5. Be Presentable

Don’t forget to dress professionally and maintain good body language. You want to appear fully prepared for your interview, even when it’s a walk-in. A good tip is to practice your interview in front of the mirror or with a friend so you can appear cool, calm, collected, and confident by the time of your real interview.