Congratulations - you’ve got your interview booked! Well done for getting to this stage of the recruitment process. Before putting yourself in the spotlight with a potential employer, it’s important 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.
To start preparing for your job interview, read 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 be able to highlight what makes you a good fit for the job during your interview and 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 its website, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter. We recommend you research the company history, who founded it, when was it founded, the current CEO & Board of Directors, offices locations etc.
Bonus tip – Research the person interviewing you (if you know who that will be). You don't need to look into them in too much depth but it may be insightful to get an understanding of who they are, what their job role is, their expertise, and how long they have been at the company.
Craft your elevator pitch
Ultimately, an elevator pitch will answer the all-important “Tell us about yourself” question. It’s a strategic tool that helps make a strong first impression, communicate your value effectively, and set a positive tone for the rest of the conversation.
Keep your elevator pitch concise and compelling. Make sure you communicate key points about your background, skills, and experience in a brief and impactful manner. While you may be able to practice a general elevator pitch, it’s important to customise it based on the specific job you’re interviewing for, to emphasise the relevant skills and experience for the role and demonstrate that you’ve done your homework. A well-prepared elevator pitch can also help calm nerves at the beginning of an interview and guide the interview into the direction you want it to go.
Learn and practice the STAR technique
Once you have a basic understanding of the company and role, an important part of preparing for any job interview is mastering the STAR technique, especially if you have a competency-based interview. The STAR technique is a method of answering competency-based interview questions to ensure you are giving your best answers each time and present yourself as a 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 practice it before your interview, using our full STAR technique article for more guidance.
Once you have some well thought out examples of how you will use the STAR technique in practice, ask a friend or family member to roleplay some potential interview questions with you.