You can drastically increase your chances of getting the job when you prepare for an interview. Looks, behaviour and body language will have a big influence on you getting the job.
Start with the activities listed below in order to prepare for an interview. This will give you confidence and calm your nerves when the real meeting takes place.
1. Prepare For An Interview – Interview Time:
Always try to get an interview time midweek and in the morning hours. Research has shown that interviews conducted on Monday mornings or Friday evenings are usually unsuccessful and dramatically reducing the chances of you getting the job!
2. Prepare For An Interview – Analyse The Job Description:
Review the job description from the newspaper or from an online website. If you don’t have the description, ask the recruiter for the details of the role and the details of the person who is likely to interview you. Analyse paragraph by paragraph, and understand what your future employer is seeking in a candidate.
3. Prepare For An Interview – Research The Company:
Start your research by looking for the company on the Internet (www.google.com). You can generally find information on the company’s website in the “About Us” menu section. Make a particular note of information about the organisational structure of the company, the annual report and any recent news or reports regarding the company. Incorporate this information in your conversation with the interviewer. By including this information during the interview, you demonstrate that you have done your research and that you are really interested in working for this company.
4. Prepare For An Interview – Research Your Interview Partner:
When prepare for an interview, find out the name of the person who will interview you. Generally you can research the background of the person on business networks such as LinkedIn. Here, you can find out how long the person has worked for the company and what responsibilities this person has. You can also check out personal details on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
You can also search in your personal network for people who have worked or are working at the company and who can provide you with insight on the company and its culture.
5. Prepare For An Interview – Practice Interviewing:
The best way to prepare for an interview is to work through the “interview questions and answers” site. Ask a friend, partner or family member to interview you. Believe me, it is a totally different experience and it will greatly improve your confidence during the real interview.
6. Prepare For An Interview – Appearance – What To Wear:
When you prepare for an interview, wear appropriate clothing suited to the interview you have applied for. For a management job, you can’t go wrong by dressing in conservative business attire. For any other jobs, dress a little bit better than what you would normally wear. For women: It is always good to wear a knee length skirt and a blouse, which is not revealing. If possible, make sure you have the clothes dry-cleaned and ready ahead of time.
For all smokers, please avoid smoking prior the interview – it can count against you in the interview if you turn up smelling of smoke Wear deodorant and some perfume or aftershave but nothing too strong or overpowering.
7. Prepare For An Interview – What To Bring To An Interview:
You should bring a small folder or briefcase containing the following:
- Copies of your resume
- A list of references
- Questions you have for the interviewer
- Blank paper where you can write notes
- A working pen for taking notes
8. Prepare For An Interview – Get Directions – Where Will The Interview Take Place?
It’s important to know where you need to go for your job interview well ahead of time. Use Google Maps to get directions if you are not sure where to go. Make sure you arrive at the reception of the building 15 minutes before the interview. Never ever arrive late – it is not respectful to the person you will meet and will have a negative impact on their assessment of you.
Prepare for an interview a couple of days before the actual day. This will give you enough time to review and to practice some of the interview questions and will boost your confidence.