How To | Prepare For A Job Interview

Welcome back to my How To series. Today’s is all about How To Prepare for a Job Interview. Hope you are all having a fab weekend!

Some of you may have seen on my Twitter that I have handed my notice in to my current job, where I have been of 4 years!! And will shortly be embarking on a new marketing adventure. I therefore thought, what a great opportunity to share with you all a few tips for preparing for an interview. I am sure some of you will have your own personal tip, and I am sure they are FAB! But I know some of you reading this post may struggle in an job interview situation/not knowing how to prepare for a job interview.

So you’ve applied for your dream job and ping the email comes through… “We’d like to invite you to interview for the following role”. That’s when panic, happiness and stress may kick in. So I thought I’d share a few ways in which I deal with a job interview. From the moment the email interview invitation lands.

Prepare

It may sound silly, but preparing yourself before the job interview is key. There’s a number of ways to do this;

• Check out the company website, essentially make sure you know what the company does/their ambition/a background of their history.

• Ensure you fully know the role you are being interviewed for. So this could be looking through the role specification, working out what skills you have which match the requirements. Or it could also mean, write up some answers to potential questions.

• It you’ve had a job interview before you will be familiar with questions they may ask, such as;

– Explain a time when you had to work in a team?

– If we asked your current colleagues how would they describe you?

– What is your biggest strength/weakness?

So it’s always a good idea to write out some questions/answers of potential question.

Day Before

The day before the interview is a good day to organise your bag. I always make sure I take a bottle of water, pen & paper and a folder with certificates. Make sure you check the email you received, as the company may request you take a passport/driving licence etc.

Check out how you are getting to the interview. A postcode of you are using a satnav, bus route if you are taking public transport or street names if you plan to walk. There’s nothing worse than stressing about where you are going, and forfeit the chances of running late!

Finally, the day before is a good time to decide what you are going to wear. If it’s an office job opting for a smart black dress and blazer or black trousers and a blouse are my go to outfits! I usually wear a pair of black heels and a blazer. Keeping my look smart.

Interview Day 

So it’s the day of your interview. Make sure you set an alarm, so you aren’t late! Hop in the shower and wash hair (if required!) I tend to do the hair washing the night before, so I’m not rushing around. Remember to eat breakfast/lunch (depending when interview is) as there’s nothing worse than your tummy rumbling throughout the interview.

Dont stress… it’s easier set than done! You’ve got through the initial application stage – well done! So don’t ruin the interview and your job opportunity by over thinking or worrying. Drink plenty of water to keep your brain active.

Remember;

• Smile

• Shake the interviewers hand

• Take a moment to think before you answer questions

• Be you!

 

I hope these tips help you with your next job interview. They are small tips which could mean you land your dream job, like me 🙂

Don’t forget to check out the next How To Post next week!

Love

         Emma

16 Comments

  1. April 14, 2019 / 5:55 pm

    These are great tips, Emma! I agree, preparation is key when it comes to interviews! I always like to arrive early and go for a walk if I can, as I find the fresh air and exercise calms my nerves. Also, remembering to eat is such an important one, nothing worse than feeling nervous and hungry! Thanks for sharing your advice, really helpful post <3 xxx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  2. April 14, 2019 / 7:56 pm

    I am someone who does get incredibly nervous and anxious at job interviews, I would to be better at them and calmer when I attend an interview, these are some great tips Emma! xx

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    • lifeofemmax
      Author
      April 27, 2019 / 4:45 pm

      I hope these tips help with your next interview Lucy! I always remember my first interviews (I used to be a nervous wreck!) but it all comes with practice.

      Emma x

  3. April 27, 2019 / 5:48 pm

    These are great tips! Particularly the ones about ensuring you know the role and the company, and preparing a few answers. I am not great at improvising in these situations, so this is what helps me hold my nerve! I also make sure I know what I wrote in my cover letter, in case they ask me about something I mentioned. <3

  4. April 28, 2019 / 8:38 am

    These are some amazing helpful tips I never though of! Thank you, I’ll be using this

  5. April 28, 2019 / 9:12 am

    Oh my gosh, all of this is such great advice! I definitely like to plan some answers before my interview. You never know exactly what they’re going to ask but it’s always good to have some idea of what you want to say. Thank you so much for sharing this! I’ll definitely be coming back to this post before my next interview!

  6. April 28, 2019 / 9:14 am

    I’ve been in my job for a while now and I know it won’t be forever so this post will definitely come in handy. Im always very nervous in interviews but I know that asking questions is always a must! Great post x

  7. April 28, 2019 / 10:53 am

    These are such good tips, Emma! I’ve been in my job for 10 years now, however, have gone for in-house opportunities and I couldn’t agree more with these tips – being ready, having had something to eat and bringing the right documentation are all critical to a great interview. Thank you for sharing!xx

  8. April 28, 2019 / 11:05 am

    Even if all the preparations go well, I would always get incredibly anxious while waiting! I would take deep breaths and look forward to the end of the interview, when I would treat myself to a nice coffee!

  9. Michelle Blackadar
    April 28, 2019 / 12:43 pm

    these are great tips, i’m awful at the interview process. it’s like everything i learned in my marketing classes just disappears out of my head because of how nervous i get. this more so goes for jobs that you’re applying for but i think it’s important to make sure the job SOUNDS like something you’d enjoy. like don’t apply for a factory job if that sounds like something you’d hate. older generation i feel just push us young ones to get any job we can regardless of if we like it. the interview process will go smoother if you actually enjoy the position your interviewing for. xx

    mich / simplymich.com

  10. April 28, 2019 / 2:20 pm

    Really great tips! It’s amazing how many people don’t prepare for interviews and just turn up hoping to blag their way through. Always come prepared! 😊

    Love Lozza xo
    http://girlygabble.com

  11. April 28, 2019 / 8:16 pm

    I love these tips for preparing for an interview. It is important that you give a lasting impression to the interviewers. YES on keeping things organized the day before. Last thing you want is to scramble around against time on the day of. Thanks for sharing all of these tips!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  12. April 29, 2019 / 12:10 am

    This is such a good list of reminders! Job interviews always terrify me, but you laid it out so simply and easily, that it actually takes some of the terror out of even thinking about a job interview! I remember being so scared during my first job interview ever that I think I forgot to smile! I’m sure they saw the pure terror on my face, haha. I’ll have to refer back to your post before I have my next one! 🙂

    Emily @ http://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

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