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How to Prepare for a Job Interview


9 April 2021

Stephanie Taylor

After successfully organizing your CV and applying for a desired job, hopefully, the second step is to be invited for an interview. Do you have a job interview on your schedule? As a global recruitment firm specializing in multiple industries in the workforce, we want to share several steps you can take before (and after) the interview to ensure you make a terrific impression on your potential employer.

It all starts by taking the necessary time to prepare for the interview and following the steps below; these can help you secure the desired job.

Analyze the Job

An essential part of interview preparation is to take the time to analyze the job presented. Reviewing the job description, consider what the company seeks in a candidate. Make a list of the skills, knowledge, and professional and personal qualities required by the employer and critical for success in the job.

Compare the list you made with what you have and are. Don’t worry if some skills or qualities required seem different from what you have; sometimes, additional terms can be used to define things, which is why research is essential.

Research the Company

Before attending a job interview, it’s essential to find out as much as possible about the job and the company. Company research is a critical part of interview preparation. It will help you prepare to answer interview questions about the company and to ask the interviewer questions about the company. You will also find out whether the company and its culture are a good fit for you.

Consider and also pay attention to the company policies and rules such as dressing and code of conduct. You want to guarantee a good presentation and first impression on your interview.

 Practice Interviewing

Take the time to practice answering interview questions you will probably be asked. Practice by yourself or with someone you trust, like a friend, a family member, or a mentor, and be open to their feedback to help improve yourself. This will also help calm your nerves because you won’t be scrambling for answers while being interviewed by a total stranger in the hot seat.

During the interview:

  • Watch your body language;
  • Make eye contact as you articulate your points;
  • Pay attention;
  • Be attentive;
  • Look interested and friendly;
  • Shake hands firmly.

Listen and Ask Questions

During a job interview, listening is just as essential as answering questions. If you’re not paying attention, you won’t be able to respond well. If you rush to respond to inquiries without thinking carefully about the answers, the risk of answering wrongfully is enormous.

It’s important to always listen to the interviewer, pay attention information shared, and take time, if you need it, to compose an appropriate answer in the context of what is being asked. It’s also important to discuss your qualifications in a way that will impress the interviewer, starting as always with the most recent and relevant ones.

Good luck!

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