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Before putting yourself in the spotlight with a potential employer, it’s important that you know how to prepare for a job interview. For many, job interviews are quite a daunting prospect, but with the right planning and preparation, you can overcome your interview fears.
Start preparing for your job interview by reading our top tips below:
Familiarise yourself with the company and role.
It should go without saying that when preparing for a job interview you should familiarise yourself with not only the role, but also the company. In doing so, you will not only be able to clearly highlight what makes you a good fit for the job during your interview but also express enthusiasm about how the job will be of value to you.
Knowledge is power, and the more you know, the more likely you are to shine during a job interview, and ultimately seal the deal.
You can learn a lot about a company from an array of sources online, including their website, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.
We recommend you look into the company history, who founded it, when was it founded, who is the current CEO & Board of directors, how many offices they have etc.
Bonus tip – Do some research about the person interviewing you (If you know who that will be). Don’t get creepy - just get an understanding of who they are, what their job role is, their expertise and how long they have been there.
Learn and practise the STAR technique when preparing for a job interview.
Once you have a basic understanding of the company and role, this is probably the most important part of preparing for any job interview. You need to master your STAR technique especially if you have a competency based interview. We HIGHLY recommend you read our full STAR technique blog.
The STAR technique is a method of answering competency based interview questions that will ensure you are giving your best answers each time and will make you a significantly more desirable candidate.
STAR is a mnemonic which helps you remember to structure your answers using Situation, Task, Action and Result. Make sure you know how to utilise this technique and practise it before your interview. Use our guide to learn a bonus tip that will take your STAR answers to the next level and put you ahead above the rest of your competition.
3. Prepare some questions to ask after the job interview
Most job interviews are concluded with the opportunity for candidates to ask questions of their own. This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the company and the job you have applied for. Think about some questions you can ask during your next job interview, and make sure they are as closely related as possible to the specific job you’re interviewing for. Some examples may include:
What are the career development opportunities for this specific role?
What are the biggest challenges facing the department at the moment?
Describe the culture of the company.
Whatever you do, avoid asking about salary at this stage of the job interview process. Wait until you have been offered a job before you start to negotiate the salary.
4. The Basics – Plan your route, timing and what will you wear.
There is nothing worse than being late for your job interview. Not only will it mean the employers first impressions of you will be tainted, but you will no doubt be feeling frantic, stressed and sweaty… Not a good place to find yourself.
Instead, make sure you know exactly where you are going on the day. Best practise is to travel to where your job interview will be held the day before. This way you have no problem finding your way there – one less thing to worry about on the big day! Ensure you leave plenty of time to arrive early. This gives your potential employer a great first impression of you and also gives you time to try and relax and get in the zone for your job interview. Bring your notes with you so you can lock in those facts and figures about the company and role you are applying for one last time before you take a seat on the hot-seat.
Lastly, make sure you know what you should wear to your job interview. Follow the dress-code and prepare your outfit the night before. It’s all about preparation. This way you can concentrate your focus on your job interview during the big day.
Preparing people for interviews is something that we do every day. With this in mind, we thought we’d share our more detailed guide for how to prepare for a job interview.
Download our comprehensive guide to preparing for your next job interview.
With this knowledge, preparing for a job interview is much simpler. You can make it even simpler by applying for a job through Search. That’s because your dedicated recruitment consultant will help you prepare for your job interview.
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