7 Tips To Prepare For Your Job Interview 

Great, you have the interview, well done! Now that that’s out the way, it’s time to prepare for it and there are certain things that you will need to do in advance. Remember, you never get a second chance at a first impression, so make it count. A job interview is one of the most critical steps in the job search process. It is your opportunity to make a good impression on potential employers and learn more about the company and the position you are interested in. Below are some practical tips on how to prepare for your interview to make sure you ace it.

Dress For Success

There’s a common saying: dress for the job you want, not the job you have. What you wear to your interview is absolutely crucial, after all, you are presenting yourself so it’s important to do so properly. After you choose your outfit, make sure it is clean, ironed and that you have the correct accessories and shoes that match. Pro tip: try it on ahead of time to make sure everything fits and looks good. Once you have that out of the way, you can focus on the rest.

Practice your greeting

This may seem like a silly tip but believe us, it’s so easy to botch your initial greeting and again, you have one chance to make a good impression. You should always greet your interviewer with a friendly smile and a firm handshake. If you get this right, you will set off the right energy and it will increase the chances of the interview going well.

Study your CV

Everything on your CV is fair game so make sure you know your CV inside and out. Your CV is all the interview has in order to get to know you so they may pick things out and ask you to elaborate. Remember that job you had years ago? Make sure you know all the responsibilities you had, because chances are, your interviewer may ask you about it, no matter how random and insignificant it may seem to you.

Practise your answers to the most common interview questions

There are a few questions that are always asked in interviews so it’s smart to practise those so you have them down.  You should always be able to answer “Tell me about yourself” and “Why do you think you would be great for this job?” These are the questions the employer doesn’t know so they are relying on you to tell them. Pro tip: Don’t memorise your answers so they sound rehearsed, but rather have a clear idea of what you’re going to say. You want your answer to sound as natural as possible.

Research the company and job you are applying for

Before your interview, take some time to research the company and the specific job you are applying for. This will help you be more prepared to answer questions about the company and the role and ask your questions. If there is any requirement of the job that you are unsure of, you should definitely ask during the interview. It always looks good when you go into an interview with intelligent questions. It shows you put effort into preparing for the interview.

Know where you’re going and be on time

If it is an in-person interview, make sure you have the directions at hand so you know where to go. Take into account traffic and allow yourself enough time to get there. It’s okay to be 10 minutes early, but no more than that (your interviewer may not be ready for you then they feel rushed and that could set a negative vibe for the interview). Make sure you have the number of the interviewer in case you’re lost

Follow Up

After the interview, take the time to send a thank-you note to your interviewer. This will show your appreciation for their time and help you stay in their mind as they make their decision.

What Else to Look for When Preparing for a Job Interview?

Other important things to keep in mind when preparing for a job interview include researching the company ahead of time, preparing your qualifications ahead of time, and having a few questions prepared. 

Look up information about the company’s history, products or services, and mission statement. This will give you a good idea of what the company is looking for in an employee.

Conclusion

The best way to prepare for an interview is by doing your research and practising your answers. By being prepared, you can feel more confident and show the interviewer that you are a qualified candidate.

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Alex Cole is a Specialist Building Services Recruiter with Responsum. He’s always interested in networking with Building Service professionals. He loves talking football, is hoping to get on the property ladder soon, and visits Tenerife every year!

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