Preparing for a job interview can be quite of a stressful activity, especially if you haven’t done it in a while. Luckily, there is a cure for that, and if you do your part of the job and focus on a few key things that you can control – you can increase your chances of success significantly. In this article, we will cover 10 key tips on how to prepare yourself for a job interview. Right, so now that we’re clear on that part, let’s start from the beginning.
Tip 1: Do your research
Before the interview, thoroughly research the company. You need to understand the following: their mission, values, products, services, and recent news. This will help you demonstrate your interest and fit for the organisation.
Tip 2: Dress Appropriately
Pick your outfit out with a few days before, one that you feel comfortable in. Dress in professional attire that is appropriate for the industry and company culture. When in doubt, it’s better to be slightly (the keyword being slightly) overdressed than underdressed.
Tip 3: Bring Extra Copies of Your Resume
Have multiple copies of your resume prepared, even if you’ve submitted it online. This can be helpful if your interviewers need a copy or if there are multiple interviewers.
Tip 4: Showcase Your Achievements
During the interview, focus on highlighting your accomplishments and experiences that are relevant to the position. Use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) method to structure your answers.
Tip 5: Prepare Answers to Common Questions
Be ready to answer common interview questions such as “Tell me about yourself,” “What are your strengths and weaknesses,” and “Why do you want to work here?” Practice your responses to these questions.
When it comes to strengths, you should consider your answers in accordance with the job role – meaning, if you’re applying for a senior position, those strengths may be leadership, problem-solving skills and exceptional communication. Again, you should consider the context and industry of the company before deciding on your answers. Same rule applies for weaknesses, and you can consider some of the following (only to get inspired, of course):
- Trouble saying “no” to others,
- Inability to let go of projects,
- Getting caught up in the details,
- Difficulty asking for assistance,
- Maintaining balance between your personal life and work.
Tip 6: Ask Thoughtful Questions
Prepare questions to ask the interviewers. This demonstrates your interest and enthusiasm in the role and the company. Ask about the company culture, team dynamics, and the responsibilities of the position.
Tip 7: Maintain Good Body Language
Eye contact, a firm handshake, and sitting up straight can get you far in life. Good body language communicates confidence and professionalism.
Tip 8: Be Punctual
Arrive at the interview location a few minutes early (or ten, if you’re a last minute person). Being on time shows that you respect the interviewer’s time and are organized.
Tip 9: Follow Up with a Thank-You Note
After the interview, send a short but sweet thank-you email to each interviewer. Express your appreciation for the opportunity and reiterate your interest in the position. This is a chance to make a final positive impression.
Tip 10: Just Be Yourself
As cheesy as it sounds, you need to be honest and authentic in order to leave a good first impression. That means your best bet in getting this job is in being yourself, even if something unpredictable happens. Put on your favorite parfume, do a 5-minute meditation to get into the right mind space, find a way to feel good in your skin before entering that office. It will show.
That’s it. That is your 10 step guide to nailing that job interview. Best of luck and let us know how your interview went down in the comments!