How to Prepare for a Job Interview

The Best Ways to Prepare for an Interview

Has a client called you for a job interview? Well get ready! There are a number of steps you can take before (and after) the interview to ensure that you make a great impression on your potential employer.Taking the time to prepare for an interview can help you secure a job offer. What are some of the best ways to get ready to interview?

Job Description

An important part of interview preparation is to make sure the job description meets your set skills before going for the interview. As you are looking at the job description, consider what the company is seeking in a candidate.

Make a list of the skills, knowledge, and professional and personal qualities that are required by the employer and critical for success in the job.

Match you to the company

Once you have gone through the job description and listed your qualifications for the job and your assets that apply to the job and your set skills create up to 10 of your assets that match the job requirements. These might include skills, qualities, certifications, experiences, professional qualifications, abilities, computer skills, and knowledge bases. You can bring up some of these assets when you explain to the employer why you are an excellent fit for the job.

Think of work experiences that show you have these qualities. This way, if the interviewer asks you to describe a time when you demonstrated a particular skill or ability, you will be ready to answer. Make sure you are ready with your lists and examples when sitting in front of your new potential employer when they ask for examples you are ready!

This preparation will help you be ready to answer job-specific interview questions and behavioural interview questions designed to determine if you have the knowledge, skills, and qualities needed to perform the job.

Research the Company – this is key!

Before you attend a job interview, it's important to find out as much as you can about not only the job, but also the company. Company research is a critical part of interview preparation. It will help you prepare to answer interview questions about the company and to ask the interviewer questions about the company. You will also be able to find out whether the company and its culture are a good fit for you. Check out the company website, specifically the “About Us” page. Get a sense of how the company compares to other organizations. Check out company reviews from clients, and from current and former employees.

Spend time tapping into your network to see if you know someone who can help give you an interview edge over the other candidates. Nothing worse than going for an interview and you have no idea who the company is, this already sets you back. Don’t let this happen to you.

Practice Interviewing

Take the time to practice answering interview questions you will probably be asked. This will also help calm your nerves because you won't be scrambling for an answer while in the interview hot seat.

Practice interviewing with a friend/ family member this will help you answer the questions and they might even ask questions you haven’t thought of, this will make it easier for you when you are getting interviewed.

Try to conduct the practice interview in the same format as the real interview. For example, if it is a phone interview, ask a friend to call you to practice answering questions over the phone. If it is a panel interview, ask a couple of friends to pretend to be a panel.

If you're interviewing virtually, be sure that you're comfortable with the technology, review common job interview questions and answers, and think about how you will respond, so you are prepared to answer.

What you are going to wear to your interview

Make sure your interview clothes are ready. Have an interview outfit ready to wear at all times, so you don't have to think about what you're going to wear while you're scrambling to get ready for a job interview.

NO MATTER WHAT JOB YOU ARE GOING FOR FIRST IMPRESSION SHOULD BE A GREAT ONE!

If you're applying for a job in a more casual environment, such as a store or restaurant, it's still important to be neat, tidy, and well-groomed, and to present a positive image to the employer.

It is also important to think about your makeup and accessories when dressing for an interview.

Decide What to Do With Your Hair

How you style your hair for a job interview is almost as important as the interview clothes you wear. After all, the interviewer is going to notice everything about you, including your interview attire, hairstyle, and makeup, and you only have seconds to make a great impression.

What to take to a Job Interview?

Know what to bring (and what not to bring) to a job interview. Items to bring include a portfolio with extra copies of your resume, a list of references, a list of questions to ask the interviewer, and something to write on and with.

It's also important to know what not to bring, including your cellphone (or at least turn your phone off), a cup of coffee, gum, or anything else beyond yourself and your credentials.

Proper interview etiquette is important. Remember to greet the receptionist, your interviewer, and everyone else you meet politely, pleasantly, and enthusiastically.

During the interview:

  • Watch your body language
  • Shake hands firmly
  • Make eye contact as you articulate your points
  • Pay attention
  • Be attentive
  • Look interested

This is something you can work on in your practice interviews. First Impressions is what sticks with the employer so every interview you go to treat as your first interview.

Directions to your next interview

Always make sure you know where the company is and how to get there so that you are on time and not late, again this is the impression you are giving to the next employment you may have. Use Google Maps or a similar app to get directions if you're not sure where you are going.

If you have the time, it's a good idea to do a practice run a day or two before the interview. That way, you'll be sure about where you are going and how long it will take to get there. Give yourself a few extra minutes and arrive a little early for the interview.

You should also call upfront to confirm the interview time and place, just to be sure you're heading in the right direction.

Listen and Ask Questions

During a job interview, listening is just as important as answering questions. If you're not paying attention, you're not going to be able to give a good response.

Be ready to engage the interviewer. You want there to be a give and take in the conversation, so you're building a relationship with the interviewer rather than just providing responses to questions. Have questions of your own ready to ask the interviewer. You want the job so make an impression that will stand when they have to make a final decision and that’s YOU!