Preparing for your job interview

Landing the job of your dreams is a great goal to have, but the first step to getting that job is nailing the interview. Given that there is so much competition in the job market today, you need to be prepared not only to impress the employer, but know how to seperate yourself from the competition. To do this, you need to be armed with the right knowledge.

Even if you miss out the rest of this highly useful step by step guide (we'd rather you didn't), the very least you will need to do is listed in the following summary:

Research the company:

These days, a little research is easy to complete. The more you know, the better prepared you will be. You want to know everything there is to know about the company’s history and current market. An interviewer will most likely ask you what you know about the company, so being able to provide a comprehensive overview will earn you instant points. Answering with a “blank” will come across as lazy and disinterested.

It's easy to research a company online, scouring their website, relevant news articles or other information that can be found through a simple Internet search. Can't find their website, just call reception. Google the business, you'll be amazed and what you can uncover. Key tip - stick to positive news, the're nothing worse than a "would be" employee pondering on the latest share price issues.

Know the position you are interviewing for:

This sounds obvious right? Unfortunately, many people go into a job interview not really knowing what the position entails. Read the job ad thoroughly and make sure you digest and list all of the key requirements of the job. Call the recruiter and ask for a full job spec (you'll be surprised how readily these can be available if you only ask for it).

Practice sample questions and prepare answers:

Search online for commonly asked interview questions and draft answers to these questions. Better still, work through our guide! Try to think of exact Q&A examples so that you are ready to give the interviewer a clear, concise answer that will "WOW" them. Hiring managers often ask questions like “What are your weaknesses?” and “What are your strengths?” so have answers ready for many popular questions that will most certainly arise.

Plan the night before:

Prepare all your notes, have copies of your resume/CV, research the address and prepare all clothes the night before interview. You'll find this to be a more calming approach than a "last minute" dash and rush to get to the interview.


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