Job interviews can be worrying, and it’s easy to understand why. However, by preparing properly for your interview, you’ll give yourself the best chance possible.
Employers really like it when candidates come prepared to a job interview (and really hate it when it’s clear that someone has done no preparation at all). So where should you start?
Study the job description first of all. This outlines the responsibilities of the role as well as what kind of person the company is looking for. If you got the interview through a recruitment agency, they will supply you with this. If you’ve applied directly to the company, ask their HR department or representative for a copy.
Read through the job description properly and think of examples to talk about that show that you can do what the job needs. For example, the job description might say “able to work with minimal supervision”. Can you describe an instance when you worked without supervision and achieved something specific as a result?
Next, research the company. Read through its website carefully, as well as any other literature you can get your hands on. You should be able to describe what the company does and why this is of interest to you.
Finally, think of some questions that you would like to ask your prospective employer. This is a chance for you to get to know them as much as it is for them to get to know you and it will show them you’re taking a real interest in the opportunity.