A job interview is serious business. Even if you have heaps of experience, and your résumé has been polished until it shines, a rocky interview can dash your chances of landing your dream job. There's no good way to anticipate what questions you'll be asked, or whether or not you'll hit it off with the interviewer. But there are tools that can help you prepare – and lower the chance that you'll put your foot in your mouth. Put these seven smartphone apps to good use and they could help you ace your next job interview.
Google Maps (Free) – iOS, Android
Even if you intend to arrive at your interview location early, construction and traffic delays can leave you running late. To avoid a commuting catastrophe, use Google Maps (iOS, Android) to guide you to your destination, even if you already know how to get there. The app offers more than turn-by-turn directions; it also shows local traffic conditions in real time. A route that's backed up with traffic will be displayed in red, while a clear route will be yellow or green. If you hit a traffic jam, you can discover the quickest alternate routes with just a few taps. Once you're on the way, toggle on voice-guided navigation so you can keep your eyes on the road and get to your destination safely. If you rely on public transportation to get where you're going, Google Maps can give you step-by-step directions for that too. You can even order an Uber, Gett or Lyft from within the app, or you can get an update on the parking situation in each area.
Trunk Club (Free) - iOS, Android
They say to dress for the job you want, but that's a tall order if you're clueless about clothing. A sharp outfit can make an impression during a job interview, but if fashion isn't your forte, an app like Trunk Club (iOS, Android) can turn your wardrobe around. The app can connect you to a personal stylist, who will ask you about yourself and your style goals. Your stylist will load up a real trunk with clothing and ship it to your house for free so you can try it all on. You keep – and pay for – only what you want. It offers free shipping in both directions. But the beauty of the service is how it helps you select professional clothing you may not have picked for yourself.
Job Interview Question-Answer (Free) - iOS, Android
What would you say is your biggest weakness? With this smartphone app, it doesn't have to be answering job interview questions. Job Interview Question-Answer (iOS, Android) can coach you toward better answers to common interview questions, such as "Why do you want to join this company?" and "Tell me about a time when you failed." To use the app, select a question category, then pick the question you want to practice. Next, watch a short 1-2 minute video that explains what kind of answer most employers are looking for. Then you can record your best answer for each question and save the audio, so you can re-listen and practice all the way until the day of your interview.
Headspace (Free) - iOS, Android
There are few things more stressful than a job interview. But with regular practice, you can overcome your anxiety. Headspace (iOS, Android) can help. If you're a newbie, you can spend just 10 minutes a day practicing guided meditation. You might find the benefits of meditation extend to more areas than just job interviews; think better sleep, more comfortable first dates, less road rage, increased focus and more. To expand the app's abilities to more advanced meditation, you'll want to sign up for a monthly or annual subscription.
How to Tie a Tie (Free) – iOS, Android
Can't remember the last time you wore a necktie? Tying a tie isn't hard, but it can be tricky if you don't do it often – so don't wait until the day of the big interview to teach yourself. The How to Tie a Tie app (available on iOS and Android) can help you practice by walking you through the process of tying a variety of knots. First, select what kind of knot you want to tie from a list of more than 20 common knots. Then give the app a bit of information about yourself, such as your height, weight and body shape. Finally, simply flip through the animated step-by-step directions that will show you how to tie your tie. You can even flip back to the previous step any time you need a refresher.