How to prepare for a job interview
It’s a common process that can make most people sleepless with worry: a job interview. If you have a job interview lined up, there are some steps you’ll want to take to prepare and boost your chances of success. Read on to find out how you can best prepare yourself for a job interview.
• Practice makes perfect
This step may seem strange, but can be very valuable when you’re preparing to be interviewed: take some time to practice answering interview questions and set up a list of some of the common questions you might be asked during the interview. If you can, get a friend or family member to ask you a few interview-style questions. This will help ease some of your anxiety and give you a chance to prepare your answers. 2.
• Research the company
Before you head out to the job interview, it’s important to find out as much as you can about both the company and the position you’re interviewing for. Conducting prior research on the company will enable you to answer interview questions about the company, as well as ask your own questions about the company to find out more about them and investigate whether the company and company culture are a good fit for you.
• Dress to impress
What you wear is a critical part of interview preparation. Select your clothing with care, and once you’ve selected your outfit, ensure that everything is cleaned and pressed and that it fits neatly. First impressions count, so your appearance must be tidy and professional.
• Bring everything you need
Remember to bring copies of your resume, academic certificates or transcripts, a list of references and a pen. Don’t forget to switch off your cell phone and don’t bring any unnecessary items like large bags.
• Confirm the location
Being on time for an interview is important for your stress levels and ensuring you start the interview off on the right foot. A day or more before the interview, be sure to confirm the location with the interviewer and ascertain your travel time. Check the route beforehand and ensure that you know how to get there, whether you’re driving yourself or using public transport.
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