If you have reached the interview stage, congratulations because many applicants fail to reach this stage, however, you want to make the best possible impression at the interview stage, and this means you need to prepare for the interview.

You will have already completed an application or at least responded to a job listing, so you should have some awareness of the role or company. However, you want to make sure you want this job, so it is essential to research the position and company.

Find out what the role entails, what you will be expected to do and what standing the company has. Is this a company you want to work for?

If you answer yes, then you need to show that you want to work for the company, so be prepared to give examples of why you admire the company in the interview process. Many applicants focus on themselves and preparing answers about the role that they forget companies want to find someone who fits their company culture and ambitions. Learning about the firm helps you present yourself most effectively during the interview process.


Familiarise yourself with the job description

The job description provides you with as much information as you likely need to prepare for an interview. Read each line and make sure you can provide examples of meeting the expected duties, personal qualities and every aspect of what the employer wants to see in a candidate. Make sure you have examples that meet each point of interest in the job description.


Find out which format the interview is in

Interviews can take many forms, including one-to-one interviews, group interviews, role plays, competency-based interviews and even psychometric questionnaires. If you can find out which form the interview will take, you will be better equipped to provide answers and engage the interviewer.


Know your strengths and weaknesses

While it is impossible to prepare and memorise an answer to every question, you can prepare answers for a broad range of possible questions. If you have prepared answers that detail your skills, your attributes, your strengths, areas where you can develop and what you want to achieve, you will be well-placed to answer with confidence.

If you can create a range of answers you can offer, you will have more flexibility to answer questions. Also, think about any transferable skills you have and create examples of these, as they will come in handy for a range of issues.


Steps to take care of before the interview

Before the interview process, there are several steps you can take to minimise your stress and make you feel more confident about the meeting:

• Select an outfit you will wear at the interview, clean it and then try it on
• Find the location of the interview and plan your travel
• If you have time and it isn’t too long or inconvenient a journey, do a trial run so you can be confident about the time required for the trip
• Collect documents and information you need and place them into a folder or file you will take with you
• Review any research you have undertaken for the interview

You should look to arrive at the interview location around 15 minutes in advance. This step prevents any last-minute hitches harming your chances and will allow you to compose yourself. Relax, remember to breathe, and look forward to the opportunity.

Interviews are a daunting prospect for many people, but thorough preparation helps you perform well. If you need assistance in preparing for interviews, contact The Recruiting Office, and we will be happy to assist you.

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