We’ve put together this article to help you feel more confident about preparing for your job interview.
Interview processes vary depending on what type of job you’ve applied for. For instance, if you applied for an analyst role in a management consulting firm, your interview will most likely involve a case study or a case presentation.
To begin preparing for your interview, check if your invite to the interview is accompanied by details of the interview process. If you are unsure of what to expect contact the company and ask politely.
When Preparing, tailor your prep to suit the type of interview you’ve been called for. Basic things to keep in mind are researching the company and the job role thoroughly. Spend a good amount to time on the company’s website researching their history, values, team, and industry. If you know who your interviewer will be, you can do a basic Google search of them. You can take a look at their LinkedIn profile too.
Be aware that the interviewer might well have done a web search on your name. Consider whether this will reveal information not mentioned in your application that could be raised at the interview and how you would handle this.
If you have friends who work in Human Resources, you can ask questions about what type of qualities are required for the role. If know anyone who works in the role or something similar, you can also ask them about their job interview process. Better yet, ask them some of the challenges they face in the role and how they tackle them.
Practise questions with someone to help you figure out what parts of your story you want to highlight. Focus on answering questions using examples of how you wield the skills necessary for the job you’ve applied to.
Its also important to read your application form again on the day of the interview since many of the interview questions are likely to draw on the content of your application. You need to remember what you have written and think about what questions might be raised as a result.
During the interview, you will generally get asked questions about yourself, and about the job you’ve applied for. If it’s clear on your CV that you are well qualified for the job, most of your questions might be ‘fit’ questions to establish your work style. These kind of questions come in form of finding out what you think of your last boss(or current boss), what features of your current or last post that you enjoy the most or the least, what you think will be the most difficult things in your new role, your experience of working in teams or alone, and how confident you are in dealing with clients and customers.
On the morning of the interview, check the newspapers and the Internet for any last minute developments affecting the organisation you are visiting or the industry in which you are interested in working. This will prepare you for any questions on that development and give you an opportunity to mention it if appropriate.
On the interview day, make sure you arrive on time. You can do a practice run if you aren’t sure how long it will take you to get to the interview location. Knowing where to go gives you one less thing to worry about and if you arrive on time you can take a few minutes to settle down, use the bathroom to check that your outfit is still in tact, and generally calm your nerves.
Other things to Keep in Mind
- Be in the moment (not thinking ahead or about what was just said)
- Listen carefully to what you’re asked
- Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if you need it
- Only answer what you are asked
- Don’t be afraid of awkward silences. Your interviewer may be taking notes or processing the last thing you told them
- Dress appropriately. If you’re unsure of what to wear, ask ahead. Even if the dresscode is casual, keep it smart
- Be polite and friendly to all the office staff. Smile, keep eye contact, only sit when you’re offered a chair, and shake hands firmly
- At the end of the interview ask questions about the company and the role. It shows you are keen about the company
- Send a thank you email a few hours after the interview
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