Preparing for the Interview

I think that attending a job interview can be one of the most stressful and worrying things you can ever do. They’re certainly not easy, and they never get easier even if you’ve attended hundreds! I hate going to job interviews, but I’ve learned that hard way that it’s important to be well prepared in advance otherwise you risk failure. Being calm and confident is the key to success.

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I decided that I’d offer some top tips to help you to cope better with your next job interview so you can get the job you’ve been dreaming of. Here are my suggestions:

 

  • Spend some time preparing. You need to project that you’re positive, confident and skilled, so you need to be able to speak concisely and clearly about the many assets you have to offer. Practice being interviewed with a friend so that you have a good idea about what you’re going to say and do. Preparation is the key to your success. You can do this by looking online for some sample question and by providing evidence of things that you have done well so that you can cite them at the appropriate time.
  • Research the company that you are applying for. Almost always you get asked what you know about the company, so knowing some key facts is essential. Prepare some questions to ask too.
  • Be prepared – don’t ever wait until the day you’re due to go to the interview to choose what to wear, get out your resume and find some paper and a pen. Think ahead and get your items ready the night before your interview.
  • Be early – arrive at least 5 minutes before the interview is due to start. If you’re not sure of the location, visit the premises beforehand to learn the way. Leave a little extra time for traffic and a few more minutes so you can freshen up and calm down before you go in.
  • Stay calm – remember body language will betray your nerves, so try to be calm and maintain your eye contact with your interviewer.
  • Prove what you know – knowing what the company are looking for and matching that criteria with your own skills and experience will show that you have all of the key requirements they are looking for.
  • After your interview, send a thank you by email reminding them of how interested you are. You can take this opportunity to mention anything you forgot to say while you were being interviewed. If there were several people interviewing you, you should send all of them their own personal note.

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While attending interviews is never much fun, if you’re feeling confident and well prepared you’re more likely to ace it, to show your best side and to show the interviewer just how good you are at the job that you’re applying for. Follow these helpful tips and you’re sure to find that you get the dream job that you’ve been looking for.