Firstly, congratulations on securing your upcoming job interview!

You will now most likely be feeling mixed emotions, from excitement to those nervous butterfly feelings in your stomach! All these feelings are completely normal and there are a number of steps you can take before the interview to ensure that you make a terrific impression on your potential employer.

Taking the time to prepare for an interview is so important as it can help you secure the job offer. Here are a few tips that can help you prepare for your next job interview!

1 – Research/ Analyze the job & organisation

Before you go on a job interview, it’s important to find out as much as you can about not only the job, but also the company. Company research is a critical part of interview preparation.

This includes reviewing their company website; specifically the “About Us” page on their website as well as knowing the size of the organisation and looking at any recent posts they have made on social media. Review the company’s values, mission statement and make a list of the skills, knowledge, professional and personal qualities that will be critical for success in the job role.

2 – Understand the job description

Make sure you understand the position for which you will be interviewing for as well as the job responsibilities and qualifications required for this particular role. Once you have created a list of the qualifications for the job, make a list of your assets and match them to the job requirements.

Also, think of examples from past work experiences that show you have these qualities. This way, if the interviewer asks you to describe a time when you demonstrated a particular skill or ability, you will be ready.

3 – Practice Interviewing / Prepare your answers

Have some examples and scenarios prepared and ready to go for your interview. As you have already reviewed the position description, think of examples which align with the responsibilities they are looking for. For example, if the position requires you to work closely within a team, think of examples where you’ve previously worked in a team and how your teamwork contributed towards a particular outcome.

Think of what will make you stand out from the other applicants being interviewed. What will make you stand out from the crowd? Practice interviewing with a friend or family member ahead of time and it will be much easier when you’re actually in a job interview. Try to conduct the practice interview in the same format as the real interview. For example, if it is a phone interview, ask a friend to call you to practice answering questions over the phone. If it is a panel interview, ask a couple of friends to pretend to be a panel.

4 – Dress for the role

First impressions are everything. This means it’s extremely important to think about what you will wear for the interview.Don’t wait until the last minute to make sure your interview clothes are ready. Have an interview outfit ready to wear at all times, so you don’t have to think about what you’re going to wear while you’re scrambling to get ready for a job interview. If the position is within a corporate organisation, it’s important to dress accordingly with a suit and tie and ensure you are well-groomed with your hair neat and tidy.

This applies to both men and women.If you’re applying for a job in a more casual environment, such as a store or restaurant, it’s still important to be neat, tidy, and well-groomed, and to present a positive image to the employer. It is also important to think about your makeup and accessories when dressing for an interview. Sometimes, we need to remember that less is more. Preparation really is key when it comes to getting interview ready. An interviewer will always be able to tell the difference between a well-prepared job seeker and one who has just stepped into the interview.

5 – What to bring to the interview?

It’s important to know what to bring (and what not to bring) to a job interview. Items to bring include a portfolio with extra copies of your resume, a list of questions to ask the interviewer, and something to write with.

It’s also important to know what not to bring, including your mobile (or at least make sure it is on silent), a cup of coffee, chewing gum, or anything else beyond yourself and your credentials.

We have heard many horror stories of candidates that show up chewing gum and not properly groomed – you don’t want to stand out as being one of these candidates – trust me!

Proper interview etiquette is important. Remember to greet the receptionist, your interviewer, and everyone else you meet politely, pleasantly, and enthusiastically. During the interview, watch your body language; shake hands firmly and make eye contact as you articulate your points.

Pay attention, be attentive, and look interested. This is something you can work on in your practice interviews. If you’d like further tips on how to prepare for your interview, contact Maryanne from Blue Diamond Recruitment – and for now, Good Luck!