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Preparation for a job interview

There’s a lot riding on a job interview and because of this, many people find it a nerve-wracking experience. But if you’re fully prepared, you’ll not only feel more confident, you’ll come across as more confident too. We’ve put together a few ideas about how to prepare for a job interview to help you through the process.

  • Think about your answers to the most likely questions – there are a lot of standard questions you know you’ll be asked about, such as your previous jobs, your skills and your ambitions etc. Rather than leave things to chance, ask a friend to help you out with a spot of role playing so you can practise your answers in a safe environment. The more you practise in advance, the more relaxed you’ll be when answering these questions in the interview.
  • Research – the company you’re being interviewed by will expect you to have looked at their website. The more you know about them, the keener you’ll appear to be. Once you’ve looked at the website, do a Google search as it may bring up useful information. You should also check the company’s social media pages – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc as this is where you’ll get a better idea of its personality. The more knowledge of a company you have, the more likely it is that you’ll come across as an impressive candidate.
  • Appearance – make an effort to dress nicely. You may not be going for the kind of job where you need to wear a suit, but show that you’ve made an effort by wearing something smart… and ironed! And just before you go into the interview, check the mirror to make sure your hair’s in place and there’s nothing disastrous like spinach in your teeth!
  • Take notes and make notes – it’s perfectly all right to have a notebook with you in an interview. If it helps you, make a list of the questions you want to ask your interviewers; you can also use it to jot down notes as you go along so you don’t forget them.
  • Don’t be late! – research your journey in advance to make sure you arrive on time and in the right place. If you’re driving, use Google Maps for the best route and estimated time your journey will take – then leave earlier than you need to in case you get lost on the way or have trouble parking. If you’re using public transport, catch the bus or train before the one you need, just in case.
  • Keep the contact details with you – make a note of the company’s phone number in case you get held up on your journey. Better still, add it to your phone’s contacts so you don’t have to waste time searching for pieces of paper at the bottom of your bag. If you’re not going to be there on time for whatever reason, ring them to let them know what’s happening.
  • Get a good night’s sleep before the interview – spend the evening before your interview going through your notes and thinking about what you’re going to say, and try and get an early night.
  • Smile – be friendly and approachable at the same time as being professional. Shake your interviewer’s hand when you’re introduced, and again at the end of the interview as you thank them for their time.

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