After writing an effectice CV and securing and interview it's time to think about the interview preparation. While some people feel naturally comfortable and do very well on interviews making very small effort, others might struggle keeping it together under such pressure. The next few tips are for the latter to help to ease their nerves by going into the interview fully prepared.
Research the organization
Before you do anything else, invest some time into research. Have a read on their website, check their social media accounts and simply Google the company’s name in case something interesting comes up that could come handy on the interview. Make sure you understand what they are all about and find out what their mission statement is. This will not only help you stand out from less prepared candidates but will also give you some confidence.
Prepare with responses
Have a think about questions they could possibly ask and prepare with responses. Practice talking about your previous roles in depth. If you had a time gap in your CV, think about how you’re going to explain it to the interviewers. If you can, have a mock interview with a friend. Compare the job description and requirements to your CV and think of a way you could persuade the interviewer about your suitability with demonstrable skills and qualifications.
Prepare with questions to ask
Jot down a list of questions you’d like to ask from the interviewer. Asking questions not only shows that you are interested in the company but could also help you find out essentially deal-breaker details.
Plan what to bring
Write a list of the things you think could come handy and make sure you bring them with you.
Here is a basic list of what we would recommend:
- Extra copies of your resume
- Portfolio with samples of your work
- A notepad and pen
- Proof of identity
- A bottle of water
Plan what to wear
Think about what you’re going to wear the night before to avoid any last-minute panic. Make sure you’re comfortable with your chosen outfit and keep in mind: if you look good, you feel good.
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