After a lot of hard work you finally have the job interview that you have been waiting for. Preparing for a job interview may seem like a daunting task but it does not have to be that way. There are a few simple ways that you can ensure that you are ready for anything that your interviewer may throw at you. Follow our guide to preparing for a job interview and take the stress out of the preparation.
Preparing for Questions an Interviewer Might Ask
One of the biggest things that you should prepare for are the questions that you are likely to be asked. Typical questions often include asking you about your strengths and your weaknesses so prepare your answers well.
The Daily Mail recommended in an article about answering questions on your weaknesses that you:
Reveal a weakness that you have supposedly turned into a strength. Like this: ‘I used to have a problem with physical fitness, but after a long hard look at myself, I joined a running club and now run two marathons a week.
Of course, you do not want the answers to your questions to sound like answers you have memorised from the internet so personalise them to yourself. Remember to keep your answers to a reasonable length. An answer consisting of only 2 or 3 words is unlikely to impress a prospective employer. On the other hand, an answer that goes on and on is very likely to bore the interviewer and they may miss important information about you.
You are also likely to be asked questions regarding the company that you are going to work for such as ‘Why do you want to work for this company?’ and ‘How much do you know about our company policy?’ Obviously answers to such questions require a little research and that is not something that you have time to do during your interview. So make the time during your preparation for your interview to look up the company’s website and find out a little about them. Read their mission statement and phone the company to ask any questions you have about them.
How to Prepare Your Body Language
In a previous article about tips for preparing for a successful interview and we recommended that you should:
Plan how you are going to answer certain questions and keep practicing your responses until you can confidently and freely roll off the answers. Caution is needed however because you still want your interview to appear natural; it should never come across as forced or rehearsed.
One excellent way to ensure that your answers do not come across as rehearsed is to record yourself practising your answers and then watch yourself doing a mock interview.
You can also look out for your body language and how it might make you come across to a potential employer. Make sure that you give your interviewer good eye contact and that you don’t spend all your time fidgeting or slouching.
How to Prepare What You are Going to Wear
You should not make the decision of what to wear to your interview on the morning when it is due. You should decide in plenty of time so that you are sure that the clothes you want to wear are clean, pressed and suitable for the type of job you are applying for.
Of course different job interviews require different types of dress. If you are not sure how you should dress to your job interview Wikihow had this fantastic advice:
If you’re unsure of the customary interview clothing expected by the company, simply ask the HR rep or interview liaison. There’s no shame in it. There is shame in feeling horribly over- or under-dressed when you show up for an interview.
Preparing to Arrive at Your Interview on Time
Arriving to your interview on time may not seem like something that requires a lot of preparation. But this important aspect can mean the difference between landing the job and not so it should not be left to chance. Turning up late for your interview is one of the biggest mistakes you can make so follow these tips to ensuring that you arrive on time.
- Make the journey the day before so that you know how long it is going to take to get to your interview.
- When you make your practise run, do it at the time of day when your interview is due so that you know what the traffic is likely to be like.
- Set off in plenty of time and have everything ready so that you do not need to set off last minute.
- Aim to arrive at your interview 10 – 15 minutes before it is due to start.
Having a successful interview is largely down to the preparation and effort you put in beforehand. Preparing for an interview does not need to be difficult. Just follow our guide by preparing what you are going say, finding out as much as you can about the company you want to work for and ensuring that you will make it to your interview on time.