Attending job interview(s) shouldn’t have to be something that should make you nervous, it is an opportunity to showcase your talent before a potential employer. Your attention should be focused on how to convince the interviewer that you are the best candidate for the job, the Key to that is PREPARATION.
In this article, I’m going to show you in depth how to prepare for job interviews. Please note that this article is not job specific, it is a general guide on how to prepare and attend face to face job interviews. For specific job interview techniques, visit our website and you may want to subscribe to our blog so you can always be notified when new articles are published.
Let’s get started with these questions, what comes to your mind when you are invited for a job interview? Excitement of course, but why do you start feeling nervous as the interview day draws near? The truth is that you are not adequately prepared yet.
The ideal way to get started will be to research more about the company, what do they value? You might do this by visiting their website if they have one, read literature or even ask questions about the company in online forums. This will allow you to engage with your interviewer about company news, products, management, values and lots more.
Then, research more about the job you are applying for, this might sound obvious but you would be surprised to know how many candidates can’t explain what the position they are applying for entails and why they are suited for the position. You must know every detail about the role you are applying for and how you intend to fulfil the role if employed.
Rehearse your CV, again and again, many candidates will fail to live up to the fine details on their CV. This is particularly true for those who have their CV written by someone else or professional CV writers, I am not saying it is wrong, but you must familiarise yourself with the CV before sending it out. The reason why you are invited for the interview is probably because of your CV, so it would be a disaster if you cannot present yourself as the person they have read about.
Research and Practice general and job-related interview questions. I am going to give you a few examples of general interview questions and answers. You need to research your job-related interview questions, but if you need further help, visit our website or email our team at email@example.com
Examples of Interview Questions and Answers
|Why should we hire you?||There is no one way to answer this question, but you must bear in mind that it is a make or break question. It is really your opportunity to explain how you fit into the role.
Example of a good answer; “I understand you are looking to hire a project manager, I have been a project manager for 3 years and have successfully implemented 7 projects in the short time. I was nominated and won the best employee for the last 2 years.”
|Why did you leave your last job or why are you applying for this role?||Again, the answer will depend on individual circumstances, but you must be careful never to be negative about your previous or current employer.
Say things like; “My previous or current job (as the case may be), is a fantastic opportunity. The employer was very supportive and I had a great time. However, I am ready for a new challenge, and I have researched about your company as a great place where my career can flourish and I can’t wait any further to have this great opportunity”
Note: There are several ways of answering but be positive and logical.
Get ready for the day, the psychological effect of sorting yourself out before the interview day is enormous. It will almost certainly be a disaster if you realise you don’t have travel or clothes ready an hour before your interview. The best way is to make a list of the things you will need for the day and gradually sort them out well in advance. These include things like clothes to wear, how to travel especially timing to avoid being late, what to eat, resting enough, having a backup plan and so much more.
If you can’t make the day of the interview for any reason, make sure you contact the company or recruitment agency in good time, unless it’s an emergency in which case you will need to explain the nature of the emergency to be re-considered.
Dress formally and neatly, the truth is that you can’t get a job simply because you dress smart, but you may not get a job if you dress scruffily even if you are good. The first impression they say lasts longer and you will be addressed just the way you dress. So, by all means, dress smart and neat (and smell good).
You will then need to make a good impression once you’ve arrived at the interview venue, say hello nicely with a smile if you can, be nice to everyone, only take a seat if you are offered one, do not pounce on food and drinks because they offered you and if you must, do it in moderation.
Be interactive and lively, as you walk down from reception to the interview room, strike a decent conversation. Don’t put the interviewer(s) off by looking like a robot or moron, be outgoing with moderation, and shake hands firmly. Your body language must sync with what you are saying, keep eye contact and you must display good manners at all times even if you are upset by anything or anyone.
Put your skills on display, once the interview has commenced you need to showcase your talent. Let them know why you are the best for the job by speaking convincingly. Don’t Waffle, some candidates answer interview questions out of context because of the pre-prepared answers they read before the interview. You need to think before you answer, you can even ask for more time to think rather than sound stupid.
The last thing you want to do to yourself after everything is to let yourself down before the interviewer, Be positive. Don’t say negative things about your previous jobs or colleagues, this may give them a wrong impression about you.
Finally, ask questions from the interviewer. Most interviewers will give you the opportunity to ask questions, it is an opportunity to gain further clarity/information about the role or the company itself. Don’t ask questions out of context, make sure it is something to do with you and the company in relation to the role you’ve applied for.
Bonus point, if you fail your interview, nicely ask for a feedback. There are lots of employers and recruiters who are willing to give you feedback, this will help you prepare better for your next interview!
Good luck from BE JOB READY!
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