How to prepare for interview
Interviews are always tricky. You need to strike the right balance between being humble about the opportunity and being confident that you are the right candidate for the job. The better prepared you are, the less likely you are to feel nervous in an interview.
There are a few simple job interview tips you can follow ahead of time that can set you up for a win.
Research the organization
- Research on the company and note the questions that you would like to ask them.
- Visit the company website and any other company data that you can obtain.
- Study the company’s main products/services, history, principals and challenges as you see it. If there have been any major recent developments for the company, be prepared to talk about these.
Prepare Your Self
- Review your CV, cover letter and any application forms you have completed.
- Customise your resume and cover letter to the company and profile you are applying for.
- Dress well and opt for formal wear. A well-groomed look is always a big plus.
Body language and direct eye contact are key
- Maintain a positive body language throughout the interview, speak clearly and in full sentences, smile frequently and make eye contact.
- When you speak, make eye contact with your interviewer. It builds trust and determination.
- During questioning, sit upright, listen to the questions and try to answer as clearly and concisely as possible.
Be prepared for all eventualities
- You may be asked to take a test before the interview. It might be an aptitude test, or a test relevant to the type of job post you have applied for.
- You may have to take part in group activities with other candidates, to test your abilities in teamwork or leadership.
Don’t Appear Desperate
- When you interview with the “please, please hire me” approach, you appear desperate and less confident. Maintain the three C’s during the interview: cool, calm and confident.
Ask questions at the end
- In the end you will be asked if you have any questions. Therefore, you should prepare some questions about the job, workplace, institution and personal development on the job.
After the Interview
- After the interview, there is a seemingly endless time that you are waiting for the result. In the worst case scenario that your interview was an unpleasant experience, it is generally better not to openly complain about it to your professional circle or start making calls or sending e-mails.