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9 Steps to Prepare for Your Job Interview

9 Steps to Prepare for Your Job Interview l HildeGroup.com

1. Do some research on the company & the job position you are applying

Before going for the interview, make sure you do some research first so that you will be seen as well prepared. Write down any questions you may have about the company or the job position so you can ask during the interview. It will look better when you go into the interview with intelligent questions. It shows that you put an effort in preparing for the interview.

2. Pick out what you are going to wear

What you wear to the interview is a crucial part of preparing for a job interview. Pick out something that portrays confidence and positivity. Avoid wearing dull colours or colours that are too bright. After you have chosen your outfit, make sure it is cleaned and pressed and you have the appropriate accessories and shoes to go with it.

3. Study your resume

Any work experience or skills that you have listed on your resume are a fair game to talk about during the interview. Your resume is all the interviewer has to go by in order to get to know you. They may pick things out from your resume and ask you to elaborate more on it. Make sure you know everything by heart so that you won’t be surprised when you are asked certain questions. This is the one step that you may not want to skip in preparing for your job interview.

4. Practice your answers to the most common interview questions

For this particular step, you’ll want to have your answers ready and maybe practice them a few times before your job interview. You should always be able to answer the most common questions like “Tell me about yourself” and “Why do you think you would be great for this job?” it is up to you to sell yourself to the interviewer.

Avoid memorising your answers so they come out rehearsed, but have a clear idea of what you are going to say. When you are asked a question, you want your answers to come out natural. Be open to other questions as well and really know what you can offer to the company.

5. Pay attention to non-verbal communication

Be mindful because non-verbal communications speak volume. Remember that waiting room behaviours may be reported. During the interview, remember to smile. establish eye contact and use a firm handshake. Sit up straight yet comfortably. Be aware of nervous gestures such as foot-tapping and pen clicking. Do not stare at your interviewer but try to maintain good eye contact while addressing all aspects of an interviewer’s questions. Lastly, manage your facial expressions. Facial expressions provide clues to your feelings. Manage how you react and project a positive image.

6. Listen & ask questions

During the job interview, listening is just as important as answering questions. If you are not paying attention, you are not going to be able to give a good response. It is important to listen to what the interviewer is saying so that you can give an appropriate answer. Be ready to engage with the interviewer. You would want to have a two-way communication so that you can build a relationship with the interviewer rather than just providing a response to the questions. Be ready with your own set of questions to ask the interviewer.

7. Find out the type of interview you will be going on

There are several common types of interviews such as the traditional one on one interview, panel interview, group interview and behavioural interview. You should not just assume the kind of interview that you will get. Don’t be afraid to ask your recruiter what kind of interview you will have.

8. Find the directions to the interview & be on time

Allow enough time to get there and anticipate traffic. it is okay to be at least 10 minutes early but no more than that. Otherwise, the interviewer might not be ready for you. Bring the phone number of your interviewer just in case you got lost or if you are going to be late.

9. Follow up with a thank you note

Follow up a job interview with a thank you note emphasising your interest with the job. Consider your thank you letter as a follow-up “sales” letter. Restate why you want the job and what you can contribute to the company. This thank you letter is the perfect opportunity to discuss anything of importance that your interviewer forgot to ask or any inquiries you have on the job position that you forgot to ask.

 

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