interview tips part 1: the preparation

interview tips part 1: the preparation
When you reach the interview stage of an application process it means you are just a conversation away from securing that job. Getting the job now depends on how well the interview goes, so there’s no pressure!

With the right preparation you can ensure that your interview runs as smoothly as possible.  Don’t leave it down to luck, get organised and make a plan for your interview. The preparation phase is almost as important as the interview itself.

here are the 3 interview preparation phases and what you should be doing to prepare for you big interview: 

two weeks before the interview 

  • Do your research. Make sure you look into the company you are interviewing with, learn about their company values and ethics, how many employees they have, and most importantly exactly what it is they do.
  • Think of some questions to ask them, you might want to ask them about their career development policy or find out more about what your day-to-day job will involve. You can also think of answers to questions you might be asked in advance, such as why do you want the job and what can you offer the company in terms of skills and personal qualities. 

one week before 

  • Look the part. Get organised and make sure that you know exactly what you will be wearing for the big day. It should be smart, professional and appropriate. Make sure you are not uncomfortable in the clothes you choose, as this could be an unnecessary distraction and will make it more difficult to sell yourself.
  • Plan your journey to the interview so you don’t need to rush on the day and even conduct a practice journey a few days before the interview to make sure you know where you’re going. 
  • Print out a copy of your CV to take with you just in case. 

on the day

  • Tone down accessories and jewellery. Do not attend an interview wearing over-the-top statement jewellery or anything too out of the ordinary, unless it’s for religious reasons or you have another important reason to wear it. This will be too much of a distraction for the interviewer and won’t help you succeed. 
  • Try not to smoke before or on your way to the interview. The smell can be really obvious to people who don’t smoke and can really put a potential employer off. 
  • Allow extra time before and after the interview so you aren’t late and you don’t need to rush off before the interview is over. 
Posted: Friday, 14 April 2017 - 9:02 AM