Preparation for a Job Interview
Congratulations – you’ve already jumped the first hurdle!
Well done – your Professional CV has worked for you if you’ve been
selected for an interview.
Now you need to make sure that you take full advantage of the opportunity by proving your potential. Some careful research and preparation before
the day of the job interview could make all the difference
between success and failure.
Remember in the first instance that all the employer can know about you is the information you have supplied, so go through your CV again carefully just before the job interview. That way, when you are you requested to do so you can give more details about the information you have already supplied, and give any further information required.
You wouldn’t have applied for the job in the first place if you didn’t think you could do it. When preparing for the job interview you should try to remember what you made you apply in the first. You can then identify ten strengths which make you the ideal person for the job. This will not only help with the interview questions, it will also help to build your self-confidence.
Do some research
Nowadays most Companies will have web sites, so it is easy to look on the internet to find out some details and interesting facts. The more you prepare for the job interview by finding out about the Company you are applying to, the better chance you have of making a good impression.
Read the letter carefully
You will have received a letter inviting you to attend the job interview. Make sure you know exactly what it says. It it will give vital information that you will need on the day of the job interview. Take careful note of the time and the venue and make a note in your diary – just in case you should lose the letter – it has been known to happen!
If, when you are invited to the job interview, you are sent a job and/or person specification, then study this carefully. If you are not sent one, then go back to the original advertisement to remind you what the employers are actually looking for. You can then work out a proper plan to demonstrate that you are the person who can deliver exactly what they are seeking.
This may make you feel strange, but it’s not as silly as it sounds. It is well worthwhile to rehearse your answers to interview questions in front of a mirror or with a friend. Why not dress in the clothes you will be wearing and hold a proper dress rehearsal.
Check out the venue
Unless you are absolutely sure you know where the job interview is to be held, you would be wise to check it out. Go over the route to find out how long it will take to get there. Allow for train delays or traffic jams. Then on the day, allow extra. It is better to arrive too early than too late.
Dress and Appearance
Even if the job itself does not require it, you should still plan to dress smartly for the job interview. Try to avoid too many accessories or jewellery, these could be difficult to manage on the day of the interview. Make sure you are well groomed, paying special attention to finger nails.
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