Have you finally received that message, e-mail or call from your recruiter? Thumbs up! Proper preparation for the job interview goes a long way in acing it.
You have to remember that preparing for an interview commences the moment you are scheduled for it. Here are some aspects to consider before, during and after the D-day :
1. Research about the company and the job you are interested in.
The existence of social media will make your work easier. You can comfortably research on the company’s professional profiles, for instance, Linkedin. Research about the employers and the workmates you are likely to come across. Show your interest in the company by researching the goals and aims which the company seeks.
Researching the company will also go a long way in helping you answer the interview questions. Employers like to throw in questions concerning their companies to interviewees. Also research about the job you are applying for plus the primary roles and responsibilities that go along with it.
2. Locate the premises of the interview.
To avoid lateness on the interview day, do a search of the location of the interview beforehand. Locate some landmarks that will help you remember it well enough so that you can avoid getting lost. Make reliable transport arrangements to use on the actual day of the interview.
3. Carry the necessary documents.
Do not forget to pack your original documents and also a couple of their photocopies the night before or some days before. The documents necessary are your ID, your resume/CV, your cover letter and academic certificates.
Remember to carry samples of any work or projects you may have undertaken. A couple of photocopies of the same is necessary since you cannot predict the exact number of interviewers in the panel. Be sure that your documents are clean and decently packaged in a neat envelope.
Go through your resume/cv and cover letter a final time in order to point out and correct any errors that you may not have rectified.
4. Practice answering common interview questions.
There are common interview questions that most recruiters use. Google them and prepare how you will answer them. Some of the common interview questions include Tell me about yourself? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What has been your greatest achievement in your career? Practice answering them in front of your peers or in front of a mirror as you say the answers out loud.
Go through your CV and cover letter to familiarise yourself with its contents. Familiarisation will help you internalise every detail and will, in turn, help you to answer any interview questions regarding your papers.
5. Prepare questions to ask during the interview.
Note down a few questions you would like to ask the interviewer. The questions should be work-related and you should avoid personal questions as much as possible. Questions regarding salary expectations and benefits should be avoided until your employer hints on the same.
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6. Proper Grooming.
Observe an official manner of dressing. Ensure that your hair is well-kempt and your nails are presentable. Avoid wearing revealing clothes for an interview. Your recruiters will judge you on a first impression basis.
How you look matters and goes a long way in how the recruiters will judge you. Be sure to dress in clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident about yourself. Dressing decently will pass across the right message about your personality. Your interviewer will regard you as organised and thus a possible good fit for the job.
Avoid too much make-up as it may pass across the wrong information to the employer. Prove to your employer that you are work-oriented by minimising it as much as possible. In terms of colours, grey, brown and black are recommended to avoid calling too much attention to your clothes. Also, make sure that what you are wearing is clean and ironed.
Observe punctuality on the interview day. If possible, arrive ten to fifteen minutes earlier in order to be conversant with the interview premises. An earlier arrival will also give you time to freshen up as you get ready to be interviewed. If you are not sure about the premises, leave a lot earlier for the interview. Locate the premises via trusted sources. Google maps could help you a great deal. Remember to use familiar routes and familiar means of transport for convenience.
8. The follow-up.
After the interview, remember to thank your interviewers for their time. You could also go to the extent of asking for their contacts so that you can stay in touch.
Remember to send a ‘Thank you’ note or email to your interviewers and assure them that you look forward to hearing from them.