5 Tips to Prepare for a Job Interview

The job interview is probably the most important step you will take in your job search journey – it’s your best chance to show the company and hiring manager that you’re the best person for their job. To help you land your next job, we’ve arranged our job interview tips based on the interview stage you’re in. Below are some tips for you to prepare for a job interview

1/ Know the Job

Job postings are carefully crafted to convey a message to potential job applicants. Have you thoroughly reviewed and analyzed the job posting? Doing so can give you valuable insights into what a company is looking for to fill a particular vacancy with the right candidate.

2/ Know the Company

The internet has opened up a whole new world to job seekers. There’s no “flying blind” when it comes to selling yourself to a company you don’t know. A breadth and depth of information — from logical strategies to corporate culture — is readily available via web pages and social media. Researching the company doesn’t just help you be more prepared to answer any question that comes your way; it also indicates initiative and interest to employers.

3/ Practice Makes Perfect

The more confident you are in your ability to answer questions, the more positively you’ll represent yourself to prospective employers. Enlist the help of a family member or friend in advance to practice with you. While it may seem silly, it will lay the groundwork for a successful and in-control interview.

4/ Dress to gain trust and command respect

Creating an ideal image does not require expensive outfits. It means selecting clothing, accessories, makeup and a hairstyle that command respect in your targeted industry. To portray this image, you have to think about the fit of the clothes, make sure they are wrinkle- and stain-free, look modern and are both ages- and profession-appropriate.

5/ Show up in the office five minutes before your appointment time

Although that sentence looks simple enough, it has two powerful and often overlooked components: “in the office” and “five minutes.” This does not mean park five minutes before the interview or get in the building security line with five minutes to spare. It means to walk through the office or suite door five minutes before your appointment.