How to Prepare for a Job Interview While Planning a Wedding

You’re engaged, and wedding planning is underway—you’ve decided on a date, you’re searching for the perfect wedding dress, your guest list is almost complete, and you can’t wait for the big day! As exciting and life-changing as weddings can be, though, real life doesn’t stop moving.

Amongst all of the wedding planning, you may find yourself in search of a new job. Whether it’s due a move coming up after the nuptials, or it’s just high time you found a job where your skills are better valued, you may end up starting interviews and even receive an offer for a new position.

Latest Updated on May 11, 2018

Starting a new job, no matter what point in life, is both exciting and stressful, but on top of a wedding, it can be overwhelming. Don’t get too stressed out just yet, though. Here are some tips to help you prepare for and nail your interview(s) amidst all of the wedding planning:

1.Don’t worry about bringing up your honeymoon (unless you have an offer)

It might be tempting to let interviewers know about the time off you have planned to enjoy your honeymoon with your soon-to-be spouse, but unless you have an offer, there’s no need to let them know yet. In fact, it could cause them to consider other candidates more seriously if they need someone to start soon. If you do get an offer, though, you can accept then let them know about the time you have planned to take off.

2.Complete your to-do list at the job you’re leaving

Wedding planning and interview prepping can be stressful enough. Add on top of that the weight of everything you have to get done before you leave your current job and you’ll feel overwhelmed and as if you’ll never get away. As soon as you know that you want to leave and have interviews lined up, start completing tasks from your to-do list on the down low and get everything wrapped up for when you’re ready to go. Getting stuff done will help you better focus on the interview and wedding planning process.

3.Do some research on the company

It’s always a good practice to research a company before going into an interview. Familiarizing yourself with who they are and what they do will not only help you get a better feel for the job you’re applying for but will help you come up with some good questions to ask at the end of your interview. Check the company out on Google, LinkedIn, and any review sites to get a better idea of who they are.

4.  Check for a cheat sheet

Sometimes current employees will post reviews and even interview questions that they were asked when they were being considered for their position. This can be a huge help and relieve a lot of stress when you’re preparing for an interview. If you can find a cheat sheet from other employees, you’ll be able to be better prepared and get a better idea of how the interview will go.

5.Practice interview questions

Once you know what kinds of questions the company asks prospective employees (if possible), gather a list of standard interview questions to start going over. Think through them and carefully come up with your answers on your own, then, have your fiancé, a friend, or family member help you run through them and give you feedback so you can perfect your responses before you go.

6.Try out the company’s products or services (and use them as part of your wedding if possible)

What better way to get to know a company than by trying out their products or services? Testing out their offerings will give you a more intimate knowledge of the company as well as a different perspective than you’ll have on the corporate side of things. In some cases, you might even be able to use their products or services as a part of your wedding which will help you knock out some wedding planning and interview prep at the same time.

7. Know the best route for getting there

One of the biggest stresses of an interview is finding the location and getting there on time. Spend time the night before reviewing the shortest route from your home or work to the place of the interview. If you’re really worried about it, you could even try driving the route a couple of times around the same time your interview is scheduled to make sure you get there and can get there on time.

8.Make a list of questions you have

After an interview, most interviewers will ask prospects if they have any questions they’d like to ask. It’s always good to have questions prepared so that you can learn more about the company and show that you have a genuine interest. You might want to ask about the company culture or the expectations for the person in the position beyond the job functions described. Whatever it is, make sure you have some thought-out questions prepared.

9. Take some time away from both wedding planning and prepping for the interview

As you well know, wedding planning and interview prepping are stressful on their own. When combined, it’s even crazier. It’s important to take a day or at least a few hours away from both to relax, wind down, and spend some time with your fiancé.

10.The night before, focus only on the interview

The night before the interview, put all wedding planning on hold and focus only on the interview. Run through your mock interview again, and then double check all of your questions. Look up the company one more time, and take another look at the route. Once that’s done, consider going to bed a little bit early and make sure you have a good breakfast waiting for you in the morning to help you get a solid start.

Final Thoughts

Life doesn’t slow down, even if we wish it would. You may find yourself planning a wedding and prepping for an interview at the same time, but as stressful as that can be, taking time away from wedding planning to prep for the interview will be worth it in the end. How else do you like to prepare for job interviews?
Published Date: May 11, 2018 11:50 AM | Updated Date: May 11, 2018 11:50 AM

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