5 Best tips to Prepare for a Job Interview

Saturday, August 11, 2018

5 Best tips to Prepare for a Job Interview


I cannot stress the importance of interview preparation too much! You only get one chance to prove to a potential employer why you’re the right candidate for the job. It’s imperative you walk into each and every interview with a premeditated plan for selling yourself. 

Unfortunately, too many well-qualified candidates fail to spend enough time on interview preparation and subsequently lose out on good offers. 

Plan ahead, so you're prepared to interview on short notice. It will be much less stressful than trying to get ready just before the interview, especially if you need to line up appropriate attire and juggle your schedule to get to the job interview.

When it comes to showing your skills and your worth in an interview, preparation is the only key. You have worked for hours over your resume, sent it out, and managed to line up some interviews. 

You're hopeful, confident, and optimistic. And still, you might be having a panic attack. 
Fear not! These tips will help you handle those fears and you will crack those interviews with confidence.

Here are 5 best tips to prepare for an interview,

Do Some Research

It demonstrates your enthusiasm for the career field, and more importantly, the organization. It allows you to be able to articulate how your skills, knowledge, and values match those of the organization and industry. It can help you answer the question, “Why do you want to work for us?”. 

It provides you with the foundation for thoughtful questions when asked. Spend some time reviewing available information about the company or organization hosting the interview. 

Visit their website to learn about their challenges and accomplishments. Review any press releases that they may have recently posted, and look for any articles that may have been published about the business.

Know yourself first

This is the most important thing before going to any interview. Interviewers typically ask you about your strengths and weaknesses. Spend some time on this before the interview. Identifying your three greatest achievements in life. 

To highlight your skills and capabilities, think of an example or personal anecdote for each that demonstrates how you embody these traits. If you don't have a work history to draw from, rely on incidents from your academic career.

Be professional

During the interview, be polite and attentive. And turn off your phone, don't just put it on silent. Constant vibrating can quickly become a distraction and derail the discussion. Wear an outfit that would be appropriate for the work environment, don't over-dress or don't be too casual. 

Show up early for the interview, and if for some unforeseeable reason you need to delay or reschedule, such as due to illness or your car breaking down let the interviewer know as soon as possible. 

If you dress professionally and present yourself well, Interviewer is more likely to see you as competent and capable of doing the job.

Practice interviewing

Don't just memorize answers. Instead, focus on answering the questions honestly, naturally and in a relaxed manner. If you haven't been to many interviews, ask a friend or classmate to help you get more comfortable with the process. 

Find a list of commonly asked interview questions online, and think about how you would answer them. Completing several practice interviews before your first real interview will help you avoid mistakes and improve your chances of getting hired.

Ask Questions if given a chance

Being well prepared for this section of the interview is just as important as preparing the technical and other components of the interview. Companies routinely evaluate hiring candidates on the level of enthusiasm and interest they show during interviews.

A little curiosity can go a long way in communicating your interest in the available position. Whatever questions that you decide to ask, the key point is that it is crucial to be prepared and to ask something. 

While the answer to “do you have any questions” may seem like a minor part of the interview, it is the last impression that you will leave before walking out the door or hanging up the phone so make sure that it is a good one.

Bonus tip,

Email a thank you note after the interview 

Although you should thank your interviewer in person for taking the time to interview you, it's a great idea to send a thank you email as well. As well as being good manners, taking the time to follow up reiterates your interest in the position.

All the Best for the Interview!


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