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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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!