Landing an interview means you're one step closer to getting the job of your dreams. But, even if you have tons of experience and a freshly polished resume, a rocky interview can affect your chances of landing the job.
It's difficult to anticipate what questions you will be asked or whether you will hit it off with the interviewer. There are, however, ways you can prepare for the big day. You want to make sure you arrive at the right place at the right time, that your outfit looks professional, and that you are relaxed. Here are five free smartphone apps to help you ace your next job interview.
1. Google Maps
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 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 provides travel times and step-by-step directions for those, as well. 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.
2. Trunk Club
A sharp outfit can make an impression during a job interview, but if fashion isn't your forte, an app like Trunk Club 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. The beauty of the service is that it selects professional clothing you may not have picked for yourself. You will then have a new perspective on how you're presenting yourself through your outfit.
3. Job Interview Question-Answer
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 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 one-to-two minute video that explains what kind of answer most employers are looking for. You can record your best answer for each question and save the audio to re-listen and practice until your interview.
There are few things more stressful than a job interview. But with regular practice, you can overcome your anxiety – and Headspace 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. [Find more recommendations for mental health apps in Business News Daily's roundup.]
5. How to Tie a Tie
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 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 anytime you need a refresher.
Additional reporting by Anna Attkisson.