You can significantly improve your chances of getting a job, when you prepare for an interview. Overall look, behaviors, and body language have a major influence on you getting the role. Start out with those activities listed below, to help you prepare. This will give you self-assurance and greatly calm your nerves when the real interview takes place.
Time Is Key!
If possible, attempt to get your meeting scheduled midweek, and in the morning hours. Studies have revealed, that meetings conducted on Mondays as well as Friday afternoons are usually not successful and dramatically lowering the chances of you grabbing that job! So make sure, your interview is scheduled sometime in the morning, during the week.
Evaluate The Advertised Position
Study the job description, line by line, so you can understand and evaluate what skills, knowledge and experience is required. Review your skillset against the requested job specifications. Should you have any skill-gaps, try to fill them by performing some last minute research on the Internet.
Check Out The Company
Search the hiring organisations name. Commonly, you find very useful information and facts on the homepage in the "About Us" section. Write down notes on: the organisational structure, the annual report as well as any recent news regarding the company. Try to incorporate this details in your conversation with the person who interviews you. Include this information during your interview, which will show that you've done your research and that you are very interested in working for this company. Not many candidates will do this, so you stand out amongst the crowd!
Ask a good friend, or a family member to practice the job interview with you. Trust me, it's a totally different experience. Your chances will considerably increase as you practice your interviewing skills and techniques in a simulated interview environment.
Appearance - How To Dress
When you prepare for a job interview, wear appropriate clothes suited to the role you have applied for. You can not make a mistake by wearing conservative business attire. For ladies, it is good to wear a knee length skirt and a shirt, which is not too revealing. For guys, it is suggested to wear a suit. Ensure you get your outfit dry-cleaned or ironed a couple of days before the interview takes place.
Please avoid smoking prior to the interview, as it can reflect negatively on you. Use deodorant and even some perfume or aftershave, though nothing too strong.
What You Should Bring To An Interview
If possible, carry a folder or briefcase containing the following items to your interview meeting:
- A copy of your CV
- Questions you want to discuss with the job interviewer
- Blank paper, for you to write notes on
- A pen or pencil for writing comments
It is important to find out, where you need to go for your job interview, early on.|You will be surprised, finding the location might not be easy. If you're not confident finding the place, use Google Maps to get directions. Make sure you arrive at the reception 15 minutes prior to the interview. Don't arrive late as it is going to reflect badly on you.
It is a good idea to prepare for your interview several days ahead of time. This will increase your confidence and considerably improve your probability of getting the role.