Top Tips for Job Interview Preparation
RESEARCH THE BUSINESS
The interview is as much about you choosing them as them choosing you. What is their mission and purpose? Does it match your own? Try and talk about their mission, purpose and values as well as your own during the interview. You also need to research the business structure, sector, performance and it’s competitors.
SPEND TIME PREPARING YOUR ANSWERS
Look through the role profile, separate out the requirements for the role and list examples you can give to demonstrate experience of each one. Use the role profile to try and imagine what questions they will ask and write out your ideal answers.
Check that your answers have structure. Use the same structure for all answers; this will help you stay on track so that you don’t lose your train of thought. Find a structure that works for you.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
Practice answering the questions until it feels comfortable and flows. Practice talking through the examples so that you don’t forget the key points.
Video yourself answering the questions. Look at your body language and non-verbal communication. Do you look confident? Is your body language matching what you are saying? Are your tone and pace clear?
INTERVIEWS ARE NOT THE PLACE FOR MODESTY
Are you using strong, powerful language and not playing examples down? Are you specific about how much experience you have? Are you helping them see that you are a strong candidate for the role?
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Be authentic; let the panel picture you in their company doing the job you have applied for. Show them what you bring to the table and why they should hire you.
ANSWER AS IF YOU ALREADY HAVE THE JOB
Imagine that you are in that role so answer as the person in that role. If they give you a scenario question, take a moment to picture yourself in that situation, it will help you structure the answer.
Spend time visualising yourself in the interview. Visualise your body language, your breathing, how you look giving your confident answers, how you will smile and make eye contact with the panel. This will all help on the day.
PROFESSIONAL AND FRIENDLY
Everyone you meet is important from the minute you arrive – be professional and friendly. Smile lots and good luck!