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Interview Preparation Guide

20 Nov 09:00 by Shelley Frampton

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So, you got a job interview? Great! As you probably know by now, getting an interview is often the hardest part! Now the nerves set in… are you confused about how to get prepared? What steps do you take to ensure you put your best foot forward to your prospective employer? Don’t worry, we are here to help and have put together a list of our tips and tricks to make you a pro when it comes to job interviews, that will ensure you will be well on your way to securing that dream job!

Research the company 

Find out everything you can about the company, go online study their social network platforms, read articles, find out about up and coming or past events, find out how the company started and where it’s heading. Demonstrating interest in the employer will come in handy. Knowledge is power and by spending a bit of time researching, will help you in understanding more aspects of the business.

Dress appropriately

It is better to overdress than underdress so make sure you wear professional attire appropriate to the position you are applying for. If in doubt, dress conservatively.

Read through your resume 

Refresh your memory with your key achievements and responsibilities from your previous roles. Make note of the experience that could apply to your new role.

Practice 

Practice being confident, from the hand shake, eye contact, right through to your communication style. Answering difficult questions with a friend or family member is good practice. Chances are, you will probably be asked behavioural based questions like:

  • Tell me about a time you dealt with a difficult customer? or
  • Tell me about a time you went above and beyond within your role?

Being nervous in an interview is normal, but you want to be able to get the right words out at the right time.

Have questions prepared 

Prepare some intelligent & relevant questions to ask the hiring manager. Read our blog Intelligent Questions to ask at your next Interview where we go into this more and list some great question examples.

Know the name of hiring manager 

It sounds silly, but this is important. Knowing the full name of the owners, CEO or hiring managers and pronouncing names right is professional and highly recommended.

Plan your commute 

Turning up late, not knowing where to park, going to the wrong floor are all common mistakes that can easily be avoided. If you are rushed or stressed before an interview it will show, so know exactly where you are going, how to get there and how long it will take.  You want to be on time, no more than 10 minutes early and of course never late!

Remember if you research, prepare and practice before the day, your chances of securing a great role will increase! Good luck!

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