“Job interviews can be difficult and stressful, but if you spend time preparing properly and rehearsing what you are going to say, you will perform much better during the interview and you will have a much higher chance of getting the job” – Smart Works.
Preparation is very important and should not be overlooked. Candidates who come prepared have better chance of getting hired. What is the preparation really involving?
- What is the job?
Perhaps you applied for just a few jobs or maybe you’ve sent your CV to every employer in the area, when you are coming for an interview you should know what is the job. If you read the job description or job advert carefully, you will find out what the job involves. Try to imagine the kind of work you will be doing.
- Make a list of skills you have that you will use to do the job
At this point it’s good to write down what you think would be the aspects of the job and think of the skills and experience you have, formal or informal, which relates to the job. This allows you to make it clear what the job involves and why you would be good at it.
- What do you know about the company?
Do as much research as you can about the company. The more you know, the better prepared you are. Find out about the industry, the business, how your job would fit into the business. The company website is a good place to start.
Think about whom the customers are who buy products or services, where is the company based, how long have it been on the market etc. Think about the things which are interesting for you, that impress you. You might bring this up during an interview.
If you’ve been advised who will be your interviewer, try to remember their name and position.
- Where is your interview?
If you come late for your interview you will have no chance of getting the job. This is really important that you know how to get there on time.
Work out how to get there and if possible, do a practice run the day before so you know how long it takes to get there, where it is exactly etc. Arrive 15 minutes early so you have time to relax and gather your thoughts.
- What will I say?
You can prepare the answers to the interview questions and write them down. Rehearsing your answers will give you more confidence. Try to answer the questions loudly and if possible try to record yourself.