Your days of compiling CV’s and cover letters are finally over. You finally received the call or email you’ve been waiting for. Over the months you’ve applied for different roles and positions and eventually landed an interview. But now a long, stressful time of preparation lies ahead of you.
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. You should remember that every time you’re being interviewed will be a learning experience. That means that learning will take place during the preparation process. And not being fully prepared is one of the biggest interview mistakes you can make.
As Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” So, it’s important that you do your utmost best when preparing for the big day. And it’s going to cost you more than just a normal Google search. You’ll also have to take a look at your appearance as first impressions do count. You should know how to convey that you’re the perfect candidate for the position.
Here are a few tips to prepare yourself for an interview.
Plan the perfect outfit
Your appearance and what you wear will play a big part when it comes to an interview. The interviewer will check out what you wear first before even greeting you. So, it’s very important to make sure your outfit is on point. Remember that first impressions count. Before the actual interview starts, you’ve already been judged on your appearance. And if you look the part, the hiring manager will already be impressed. Make sure your outfit is neat and clean. You could buy an affordable outfit and check out men's shoes online if you don’t have formal attire. Conduct proper research about the company’s policy to see what you should wear.
Do you know everything on your resume?
As a desperate jobseeker, you’re likely to add things to your CV to make it appear full. But that’s not the way to go. Rather honest than sorry. Any work experience and skills added to your CV are a fair game to talk about during the interview. Besides, your resume will be the only thing the recruiter has to get to know you. They may pick things out from it and ask you to explain exactly what you did in that position. Whether it’s recent or years ago, they are allowed to ask. And it’s expected of you to be as honest as possible.
Conduct proper company research
These days you can consider yourself lucky if you’re able to get past a phone screening interview. Remember that you’re competing against many other candidates. When you’re being invited for a one-on-one interview, you should start doing research about the company right away. You want to make a good impression on your potential employer. And by knowing a bit about the company you’ll show you’re interested in their work and culture. As mentioned earlier, you shouldn’t just do a quick Google search. You should conduct proper research about what the company does, when itwas started, its vision, etc. You can start off with the company’s website. There you’re likely to see the work of the company, its clients and biographies of employees. You’ll also likely get an idea of the company’s culture and vibe.
Are you prepared for the different questions?
You want to engage the interviewer positively. The best way to interact with the interviewer is to comment, repeat certain phrases and words used by the interviewer and answer questions. And also ask some of your own, of course. No one really knows what the interviewer will ask and therefore you should prepare yourself for any type of questions. It’s sometimes wise to ask what type of interview it’ll be. That way you’ll know how to prepare for the interview. Depending on the position, try to figure out what you’ll be asked and think of detailed yet brief responses that focus on your specific achievements. It’s for this reason that you should know everything on your CV. And remember to not memorise specific answers because they might come out rehearsed. Instead, have a clear idea of what you’re going to say.
Pay attention to nonverbal communication
Do you have strong communication skills? If you do, it can help in both your personal and professional life. While in the interview, you might think to have the best answers to questions will get you the job. Unfortunately, it isn’t necessarily the case. A big part of the interview success is your non-verbal communication. The interviewer wants to see you’re paying attention to what’s being said. So, when you enter the interview venue, smile, establish eye contact and use a firm handshake. You have to sit up straight yet comfortably and make yourself aware of any nervous gestures. Your facial expressions provide clues to your feelings, so manage your reactions and project a positive image.
It’ll be your job to convince the hiring manager that you have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience for the position. You should show motivation and convince the recruiter that you fit the organisation’s culture and job description. A little preparation before the time might help you land the job.