A job interview can be one of the most nerve-wracking, intimidating experiences you can go through, especially if you’re not prepared. There are some jobs which you might be hired for without an interview, but those are few, and chances are you will have to go through an interview at one point or another. Here are some tips on how you can prepare for an interview.
Get to know the organization
Familiarize yourself with the organization which has invited you for the interview. Find out what they do, their mission statement, objectives, achievements, etc. This will prepare you to answer any questions that may deal with specific aspects of the organization. It will also show the interviewers that you are prepared and have a real interest in the organization. Use the Internet to collect as many details as you can.
Analyze the job
Take some time to read through the job description. Find out the skills and personal qualities that are required by the prospective employer. Assess your suitability for the position in line with the various job requirements and prepare to share them with the interviewer. You should also take the time to go over the common interview questions. You may pass the job specific questions but if you fail to answer the common questions convincingly it may be to your disadvantage.
Get a friend or family member to ask you some interview questions so that you can practice your responses. Practice will help to build your confidence so that you answer questions with ease during the actual interview. Practice interview etiquette in the process.
Prepare follow up questions
Jot down some questions that you’d like to ask the interviewer. This shows the interviewer that you’re really interested in the position. It also makes the interview session more interactive, can allow you to resolve any queries you have about the position and can make you more memorable in the eyes of the interviewer.
Gather all your supporting documents, diplomas, certificates, etc promptly. Don’t leave this till last minute. Walking into an interview without your documents can make you look disorganized and unprepared. You should also prepare your outfit in advance. If you need your outfit dry cleaned, get it done in advance.