So, you have finished university and are now looking for a job. While this is an exciting time, you will also feel nervous and unsure of yourself, especially during interviews. But, you do not have to feel this way if you prepare ahead of time by practising interview questions, reading up about the company and making sure your CV is up-to-date.

 

If you have applied for any Western Cape health jobs, you will need to be able to handle a possible panel interview as well as a one-on-one interview. To prepare for any meeting or interview, read over the points below and put them to use.

Practise being interviewed

You know the old adage of, “Practise makes perfect”, well it is true and can help in many situations, including interviews. As a graduate, you most likely have not spent time in any interviews. You will need to practise common interview questions and answers at least three days before the big day.

 

This will prepare you for any questions the interviewer might have, especially the dreaded, “So, tell us about yourself?” Your answers should be concise, to the point and you will need to avoid too many “ums” and “ahs”. Think carefully about the best way to respond to the questions and make notes to remember for the day. This way you will feel more comfortable answering interview questions.

Research the company

This is one of the most important steps to take when preparing for an interview. You will need to do more than just read their “About Us” page, you will need to learn about their challenges, accomplishments and their competition.

 

You should read any press releases on their website, as well as their blogs, and visit all of their social media platforms. If you can, look at the teams who work for the company, paying attention to the CEOs and heads of the different departments. This will help you on the day of the interview as you will not be confused about who you are speaking to or lost for words during the interview. Learn about the company culture as well to see if you will be the right fit for the role.

Think of intelligent questions

At some point during your interview, you will be asked if you have any questions. Many Western Cape health jobs have certain requirements for their workers, so be sure to ask about these during this time.

 

Asking questions shows that you are interested in the job and will give the interviewer a positive impression of you. You could, for example, ask about the company culture and what they are doing to become more inclusive, or you could ask about the responsibilities of your role. Your questions should be focused and intelligent, rather than general and passive. Asking something along the lines of, “How do you see my potential role developing in the future?” is much better than asking, “When will my benefits kick in?”.

Plan your day

As a recent graduate, you probably have more than enough experience with planning your daily schedule. This can help immensely when preparing for an interview, as it will make you feel relaxed and prepared for the task ahead.

 

Make sure you know exactly what to wear, the route to and from the company and book any transport tickets in advance. Be sure that your phone is fully charged for the day of the interview and turn it onto silent well ahead of entering the office of the company. Planning your day in advance will allow you to arrive at the interview without feeling stressed and flustered, with enough time to relax in the waiting room and calm your nerves.

Stay professional until the end

You might feel like running off crying after a bad interview, or skipping all the way home after a good one. But it is important to remain professional from the start until the end of the interview. This means that you will need to remain polite and professional, even after you have left the interview room itself.

 

If you are shown around the office after the interview, or are asked to meet the team you will be working in, you should not let your guard down and become too casual. Keep your language and demeanour as professional as possible. The feedback of these potential teammates could make or break your application, so be sure to make a good impression with your behaviour.

Always be prepared

Preparing ahead of time for your interview is crucial to your success. You will need to spend time practising any possible questions, researching the company thoroughly and thinking of intelligent questions to ask when the time comes. Planning your day will help to calm any nerves and make a positive first impression on the interviewer.

 

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