How to Prepare for an Interview
Preparation for a job interview can unnerve almost anyone. The thought of it is worse than actually doing it. It can cause a sleepless night before the meeting. Preparation is important to help overcome any feelings of anxiousness. Many people find that once the meeting begins, the nerves calm and the brain refocuses again to give a good performance.
These simple tips can help to achieve a greater level of ease and confidence to undertake any interview:
- – Research the organisation, including their products/services, staff, history, etc.
- – Know the job specification in detail. Fully understand what each requirement entails.
- – Interview questions will ask about experience relevant to the role details in the job advertisement – so prepare some examples of how skills were put into practice.
- – Use a framework such as ‘STAR’, which can help to answer questions the following questions. What was the Situation? What was the Task being presented? What Actions were undertaken? What Results were achieved?
- – Practice a trial interview with a close colleague. Ask them for their constructive and honest feedback, particularly on communication skills, posture and appearance.
- – Plan an appropriate outfit for the meeting. Visualise being dressed for the role.
- – Prepare examples of past experiences, relevant to the role, including answers that highlight key strengths and weaknesses.
- – Keep answers brief and relevant to the questions, don’t ramble.
- – Delete any social media content that may damage the application. HR professional can browse online to find out more personal details.
- – Research frequently asked questions in an interview, relevant for the job.
- – Plan the route at least the day before the interview. Know where the car-park is and where the location of the interview is within the building. This will ease further stress, and ensure that there is time to relax and breathe before for the meeting.
Show the panel of interviewees plenty of interest and motivation toward the potential new role, and personal commitment to continuous learning on the job by being prepared. First impressions count, so make a strong start and even stronger finish.