Your invitation for an interview means that you are a likely candidate for the job position. So, give yourself a pat on the back! The next thing to do is to prepare yourself adequately for that interview. Arm yourself with every information about the company and the position. Remember, “You only get one chance to make a first impression,” so use this opportunity wisely.
Use the 10 tips below to help you prepare for that interview.
Research the Organisation
Use the internet. Social media such as LinkedIn is a good platform to find information about the organisation and its management. Try to obtain the company’s annual report, you can get them online or via the company’s website. Read the Director’s Report carefully as it will provide you with most of the information about the company’s performance for the period under review. Also, visit the company before your interview date. If you can, speak to staff to obtain firsthand information about the company.
Research the position
Research the position; list out the job function, the qualification for the role, the skills requirement, the salary or the industry average. Prepare your reasons why you should be employed for the position.
Review your CV
Learn your CV by heart. Be ready to explain further the roles and positions you occupied in your previous work experience. If there are gaps, be ready to explain them as most employers are quite curious about them. Reasons such as further studies; ill-health; family loss etc may be disclosed if you are asked. It is important that you are aware about this and prepare yourself amply for suitable responses.
Compare the skills for the position you applied for and your current skills set
This is only possible when you have thoroughly researched the position. If you identify that you lack a skill for the position, deal with it promptly. Find out what you don’t know about the job. Ask questions from people in that field. Youtube also provides a rich resource of information, you may be lucky to find something to help you. Also, buy relevant books and study before the interview.
Be aware of your strength and weaknesses
It is advisable to do your SWOT Analysis before an interview. List out all your individual strength, weaknesses, the opportunities available to you and threats. Do not run yourself down or do not say that you DO NOT HAVE any weakness.
Prepare some questions for the interviewer
You can use this opportunity to demonstrate to your prospective employer that you have done your homework and you are interested in the company. You could ask questions from the information you gathered from the Directors’ Report on the Annual Report.
Plan what to wear and appear neat for the interview
Arrive early for the interview
This would help you gain time to relax and catch some breath before the interview.
Go with copies of your passport photograph, CVs and school certificates (go with original for viewing)
Be aware of your body language
You must be conscious that body language is a very strong means of communication. Your body language can contribute to you getting or losing the job opportunity. You do not want to come across as being too desperate for the job, neither do you want to appear like you do not need it. Using the appropriate body language is necessary to communicate the right message you would like to send to the interviewer.
I wish you luck at the interview. Go and get the job!