8 STEPS HOW TO PREPARE FOR A JOB INTERVIEW
Updated: Aug 28, 2019
Do you have an upcoming job interview on your schedule and want to excel on it? We are sure that the main goal you have in mind is to make a great impression. Keep reading and you will know exactly what to do.
Just as you prepare yourself when taking an exam, a job interview might require a similar dedication and preparation process. So, sharpen yourself, practice and the job will be yours!
There are lots of necessary steps to follow, during and after your job interview in order to impress the employer. You must be prepared from all angles, starting with knowledge about the company, owners, dress-code and selling yourself.
Here you will find some hints to help you prepare for a job interview.
1. EXAMINE THE JOB OFFER AND MAKE A MATCH
Examine the job offer and make a list of requirements for the job and what you can offer soft and hard skills). Write down some elements that match the company with you (experience, education, personality, and abilities). Focus on strengths but keep in mind the weaknesses you could potentially improve.
When listing your weaknesses, write down an answer that can advantage you in case the employer decides to ask something related to them.
2. RESEARCH THE COMPANY ONLINE
Never attend an interview without knowing some data about the company. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Go to company’s official website, social media, browse through products and/or services they offer, price range, who are they targeting and what kind of people work there.
Use all of this information to your advantage! Embed it in your questions and show that you have the interest it takes to be part of the organization.
3. PREPARE YOUR ANSWERS
Nothing like practicing your answers is better. Write down some of the questions that might appear at the meeting (naturally after the interviewer sees your CV).
You can find a list of great questions here: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-answer-the-31-most-common-interview-questions
Realistically, you will never know 100 % what questions will be asked, but the least you can do is prepare for the general ones. This will boost your confidence and ability to formulate your answers.
During your interview, it is normal to be nervous, therefore it is acceptable to ask for repeating the question or taking time when answering it.
4. LOOK PRESENTABLE AND SHARP
The first impression is key. It doesn’t matter what type of job you apply for, you always have to look presentable. It means that you must be clean, well-groomed and sharp looking with a pinch of positive energy.
While you were researching about the company you formed an idea of the working environment and dress code – use this data to create the best look.
For those that wear makeup, it is recommended a light and natural look. Let them focus on your personality not looks.
5. PACK IMPORTANT THINGS
Prepare your interview case with materials that can help you through the process. What do you need? If the job position requires a portfolio, sketch book or other documentation bring them. Also, bring a copy of your CV, even if the employer has a copy, it is good to keep track on your discussion or to use it as a conversation plan.
Stay hydrated and bring a bottle of water to keep you fresh when nervous.
It is important to be on time, plan your trip to the office, set up a map with directions and transportation schedule.
6. THE RIGHT STATE OF MIND
Nervousness is natural when you truly care to succeed. One way to calm yourself and bring up some confidence is to realize that once you reached the interview phase, the chances that you already impressed them are high.
Companies are selective with both people and dedicated time. If they choose you, bring yourself and shine.
7. MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION
You may be qualified but creating a good impression will bring you up even more.
Be positive! Nobody hires gloomy people with negative perspective on life or work. Show enthusiasm and sharp manners.
Note: Greet everyone in the room, shake hands before and after the interview.
Be honest but diplomatic. Don’t talk about your personal issues. Personal questions may occur, answer with honesty but keep your formulation professional.
8. FOLLOW UP WITH A THANK YOU NOTE
At the end of the interview shake hands with the employer and thank him/her for the time dedicated. Follow up with a thank you note, keep it short.
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