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Got a job interview coming up, but you feel like you aren’t ready for it? You are not alone. Job interviews are very difficult to prepare for. The best way to ensure you do well in any interview is to walk in the door with the confidence that you are qualified for the job.
Most jobs require some kind of qualification as an entry requirement. Excellent colleges, such as Evocca College, can help you to gain qualifications in a new area or upskill in your current area of expertise. Here are three tips that will help you prepare for your job interview:
1. First Impressions Count
If you want a job, you need to show this to your prospective employers by looking like you want it. Make a good first impression, and you will hopefully leave your interviewers with a lasting, positive opinion of you.
Arriving on time is crucial to making a good impression with your potential employers. It’s best to aim to arrive at least ten minutes early for the interview just in case you hit traffic or other obstacles that may cause you to run late. Almost as important as arriving on time is arriving organized. Bring copies of references, your resume and any portfolio material you might need during the interview.
As the adage goes, “practice makes perfect.” If you are particularly nervous about your upcoming interview, you can get friends or family to practice with you. Try and get two people to help if you can, as most interviews will involve at least two interviewers. Have your friends ask questions so you can practice reacting quickly and answering confidently under pressure.
A very helpful method is to get a friend to find a list of commonly asked interview questions and ask you them without you reading the questions beforehand. When you can answer any question on the list without pausing to think it over for long, then you will be more than ready for your real interview.
Before you get to the interview, you need to know the business you are applying to inside out. Find out about how the company operates and what their targets and their needs are. And most importantly, see if you can discover their expectations of their employees. Look at the role you are applying for and try and determine what skills and experience they are looking for.
When you are in the interview, that is your time to show them what you know about them and their company. Demonstrate that you understand what they need and that you are the ideal person to give that to them. With all the information you have researched ahead, it should be easy for you to show them you are the perfect person for the role.
Keeping these three tips in mind, you should be ready for your interview. How do you prepare for a job interview? Leave a comment below.
Avery Grey says
I really love your tip about practicing. When I was preparing for an interview for the job that I have now, I was so nervous about what I was going to say and do. Practicing what to say with someone that you trust can really ease the nerves and make the thought of the interview less anxiety related. I would definitely use these tips in future interviews, thanks for sharing!