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Best ways to prepare for a job interview

Preparing for a job interview can be stressful. You worry about how you’ll cope under pressure and what sort of questions you’ll be asked. But there are ways of giving yourself the best possible chance of thriving and succeeding in the interview. Below, we explore the best ways to prepare.

Examine the job description

This should be one of your first missions. Take a look at the job description – particularly the candidate requirements – and note down how you fit with each bullet point. These points can help you form question responses later on. Try and respond to each different part of the job description by thinking of a scenario at work where you’ve achieved something similar – if the description wants a team player, think of a situation where you’ve worked well in a team.

Consider your qualifications and interest in the role

Part of the interview is showing your enthusiasm for the role. Make sure you get across why you’re interested in taking on the job. And if you have the credentials for the role, ensure you get across your qualifications.

Research the company

The interviewer will want to see your interest in the company too. Make sure you do your research and prepare to explain what motivates you to work for the company.

Prepare answers to common questions

Tell me about yourself. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? What can you bring to the company? These are just some of the generic questions you might face. Plan ahead and work out your answer to these common questions.

Prepare thoughtful questions for the interviewer

Usually, you’ll be asked if you have any questions at the end. Make the most of this opportunity. Prepare some thoughtful questions in advance that demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the role.

Practice with family or friends

Practice makes perfect. Try rehearsing your answers to family and friends to make sure that you’re comfortable saying them out loud.

Travel arrangements

You don’t want to be late or stressed as you travel to the interview. Ensure that you check your train route beforehand and purchase tickets in advance – it’s crucial to be punctual.

What to wear

If you’re unsure about what to wear, it never hurts to ask in an email. Different offices have different vibes, and it can sometimes be difficult to work out if it’s formal or laid back.

Sell yourself

Finally, don’t be afraid to sell yourself. It’s normal to feel anxious before an interview but don’t let this deter you from being confident. By preparing thoroughly with the advice above, you should be able to sell yourself during the interview.

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