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Give yourself a pat on the back. After all, you did it. You got the call for a job interview but a long stressful time of preparation lies ahead of you. Finally, your days of compiling a CV and rewriting cover letters are done. You’ve applied for various positions and eventually landed that interview you’ve been waiting for.

There isn’t a best way to prepare for an interview. If you want to be successful in your interview, you should follow specific strategies to enhance your chances of getting hired. Every interview you go to will be a learning experience. So, learning will take place during the preparation. Not being fully prepared is one of the biggest interview mistakes you can make. As a job-seeker, you should use every conceivable means possible to prepare for the interview and to allow ample time to prepare. You should understand that interviewing is a skill. And, as with any other skill, preparation and practice enhance the quality of that skill.

As the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” So, it’s very important to prepare and do your homework. And preparing for an interview involves a lot more than looking at interview tips online. You need to make a great first impression with your appearance, have a knowledge of the company and position, and know exactly how to convey that you’re the perfect fit for the position. So, to help you with your interview preparation, here are a few pre-interview tips.

Do proper research

These days, even getting past a phone screening interview is tough. Once you have your foot in the door for that first face-to-face interview, it’s important to learn more about the company. You need to have knowledge about the organisation you’re applying to and the job itself. Nowadays you shouldn’t only do a Google search but rather gather important information about the company. Start off with the company’s website. That’s the place where you’ll see the work of the company, its clients and also biographies of the employees. If you conduct proper research, then you’ll be able to show your enthusiasm for the career field and the organisation. You’ll also be able to show how your skills, knowledge and values match those of the industry.

Prepare for different questions

You should prepare yourself for any type of questions. You don’t know what the interviewer will ask. Before the interview you can ask what type of interview it’ll be. Will it be one-on-one or a panel of interviewers? Try to determine what you’ll be asked and think of detailed yet brief responses that focus on your specific achievements. If you’re, for instance, in the safety and security industry, it might be expected of you to know how to operate a video wall controller. Or maybe you’re in the graphic design industry and will be expected to create visual concepts. So, make sure to cover your bases because you’ll be asked about it. 

You shouldn’t completely memorise your answers as they might come out rehearsed. Rather, have a clear idea of what you’re going to say. A good way to remember answers to specific questions is by putting them into story form. Be smart about this and make sure the interviewer noticed that you’ve came prepared.

Know everything on your CV Often, people add things to their CV to make it appear full. Remember that any work experience or skills you’ve listed on your resume are fair game to talk about during the interview. Your resume is the only thing the interviewer has to get to know you. They are allowed to pick things out from it and ask you to elaborate. Even if you have a previous job listed that was many years ago, the interviewer may ask you to explain what you did at that job. And you’re responsible for providing an answer. So, when setting up your CV, it’s best to be as honest as possible.

What are you going to wear? Your outfit will be the first thing the interviewers will see when you approach them, so make sure it’s on point. First impressions count. Before you even walk into the interview room, you’ve already been judged on appearance. And if you look the part, the recruiter will already be impressed. After you’ve chosen your outfit, make sure it’s cleaned and ironed. And you should have the appropriate accessories and shoes to go with it. This is another reason why research is important. You should be aware of whether to wear formal or casual clothing.

If you follow these four tips, you’ll know how to prepare for a job interview. Always take extra copies of your CV to an interview. And if you have a portfolio of your work, bring that with you too. A little preparation before the time might help you land the job.