How to Prepare for a Job Interview

by | Sep 10, 2013 | Careers & Work | 0 comments

Have you been invited for and need to prepare for a job interview? Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of ordinary job seekers as the prospect of having to submit to a panel of people who will ask tough questions regarding your suitability to work for the organization. This fear is understandable, as humans we are not naturally wired for scrutiny; the average human being will avoid the spotlight unless absolutely necessary. However, the fact of the matter is that a job interview need not vex you if you stick to a few simple rules.  

Instructions to Prepare for a job interview

  1. The first rule about preparing for an interview is to PREPARE. You can never be too prepared for an interview. Anticipate the questions you will be asked and look for someone to help you role play – a mock interview to ensure you have all the answers at your fingertips. Research widely on the company and industry – make sure your industry and technical knowledge is up to date. If you need to refresh your technical knowledge, read as much as possible prior to the interview.
  2. All of us have that one dreaded question that we hope and pray the panel will not ask. ‘Talk to yourself’ …honestly… and find out what your dreaded question is; write it down and think of a good answer for it. Do not go into an interview with your fingers crossed hoping that the panel will not venture into this territory. You should also write down a list of your strengths and weaknesses. Be clear on how you will articulate each.
  3. In the days leading up to the interview, use NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) techniques to get yourself into the right mood. Visualize yourself as calm, poised and confident. Practice deep breathing on a regular basis and repeat soothing words like ‘I am relaxed’ to prepare yourself mentally. 
  4. Set your alarm to wake you several hours before the scheduled interview time. Dress impeccably (industry standards) and make sure you smell nice. A simple dash of cologne, perfume for ladies or an underarm deodorant will be good enough. Do not overdo it. Get to the interview location at least 30 minutes before your scheduled time. This creates a good impression. 

Tips & Warnings

  • Psychologists and career experts agree that it is always best to focus on the positive. Do not think of negative outcomes.

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