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How to Prepare for an Interview

How to Prepare for an Interview

There's no doubt that interviews can be stressful. But the more time you spend preparing for an interview, the more confident you will feel. Here are a few tips:

1. Research the Organization

Most modern organizations today are visible online. You can find out more about the company, its activities, social projects, recent and events, or new products and services they are launching. This may be of value during your interview and shows to the interviewer that you have made the effort to learn more about them.

A good place to start is the "About" section of their website as well as their career pages. Their Social Media pages on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and so on are usually more frequently updated to showcase their activities.

This will help you to plan answers that align with the organization's goals and values. By mentioning key facts during the interview, you'll show that you're organized, diligent, and serious about the job.

2. Prepare and Practice Your Answers

Read through the Job Advert, or the job description, most interviews are structured around it. Consider how your experience matches the job requirements, and try to come up with examples.

Practice answer the expected questions - role-playing is often a good technique with a friend who can act as the interviewer. Go through several rounds of mock interviews. Picture yourself sitting confidently, speaking clearly, and giving all the responses you have prepared for. Ask your friend to record your answers on their smartphones and review them when you are done.

3. Calm Your Nerves

Feeling anxious before an interview is normal and there are ways to reduce stress, quiet your mind, and embrace a feeling of calm and control.

You can use a technique called "Guided Imaginary", where you imagine a picture of a person, place, or time that makes you feel relaxed, peaceful, and happy. For example, imagine the sounds of birds chirping, while you feel the breeze on your skin, you smell the flowers while having a cold drink (create a relaxing experience in your mind using all your senses).

4. Look Professional

You need to show up to your interview looking professional. Prepare your outfit the night before and make sure your clothes are cleaned and pressed and that your personal appearance is tidy and professional.

5. Don't Forget the Basics

Sometimes we forget the basics. Check where you need to go and how much time it will take you to get there. This may sound basic, but a lot of people turn late for their interview, sometimes because they went to the wrong address or underestimating the traffic. If it's practical, consider making a test journey in advance.

Also, if you're bringing a portfolio to showcase your career highlights, ensure that it's ready to go the night before. And pack extra copies of your résumé – it's a good idea to reread this, too, so that you're not caught out by anything in it!

6. Job Specific Interview Questions

Can you do the job? At the forefront of any hiring manager's mind when conducting job interviews, job-specific interview questions are designed to measure a candidate's ability to perform the duties of the job against the skill set required to execute the position effectively.

This type of interview question, however it may be asked, is especially important for jobs where you need technical knowledge or where the company needs an experienced candidate who can do the job from the first day.

Job-specific interview questions are designed to determine if you have the knowledge and skills needed to perform the job for which you are being considered. When you respond, your goal is to show that you are the best fit for the job out of all the applicants the employer is interviewing.

In addition to hard-and-fast skills, the employer will also explore whether you have the right mindset for the job and can help achieve the company's goals. 

7. Be Honest

Regardless of how much you want the job, be honest, and don't say you know how to do something if you don't. If you don't have all the required skills or educational requirements the company may be willing to train you. If not, the job isn't going to be a good fit, and it's going to be a challenge to succeed in the role at the company. It's better to pass on a job than it is to fail and end up losing it because you weren't qualified.


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