We know that the job market is saturated. One of the best ways to stand out from the herd is to prep for the interview beforehand. Luckily, we have the know-how of the interview process to give you the upper hand.
1. Research the employer/hiring manager
Understanding the company you’re applying at, their business practices, as well as those interviewing you, will help you prepare for any questions thrown your way. Check out their company website and read any news you can find about them. If you know someone in the company, chat to them too.
2. Scour the web for common interview questions
You can prepare yourself for these questions beforehand by researching common interview questions. You can also ask the hiring manager what form of interview set up you’ll be experiencing. Will it’s one-on-one, or in a group? This will help you put together concise responses to sell yourself. The best way to remember all the information you’ve prepared is to put it into a story. This way, you can engage in conversation instead of having to remember specific points.
3. Dress to impress
Every company is different and they all have their own culture. Plan your outfit accordingly. Rather overdress and underdress. You should also avoid eating or smoking before your interview.
4. Arrive on time
There is no excuse for arriving late for an interview. If some thing catastrophic has occurred, don’t leave the interviewer in the dark. Call them and explain what the situation is. Strive to arrive to the interview 15 minutes early. Don’t forget to put your phone on silent too.
5. First impressions last
Be polite to anyone you meet on the way in your interview. The first impression your interviewer gets from you could potentially make or break your chances of landing the job. When greeting your interviewer, stand up straight, make eye contact, give a firm handshake, and don’t forget to smile.
6. Be friendly, confident, and concise
Once your interview has started, ensure that your answers, as well as their delivery, is on point. Remember, you want to showcase your skills and experience, not ramble through the interview and bore the interviewer. You should also never bad mouth previous employers or colleagues.
7. You need to ask questions too
Asking insightful, researched questions shows you have put effort in to your research. Ask about the follow up technique, and when the company will make their final decision.
10. Say thank you.
Send a follow up email after the interview to thank them for their time. Politeness goes a long way.