How to Prepare for a Job Interview in 8 Steps
You’ve managed to land a job interview for a great role at an organisation you really admire. That quirky cover letter must’ve really impressed your (fingers crossed) future employer but what now?
Being prepared for an interview means more than picking out an appropriate outfit and turning up on time. Doing your homework pays off and will help you stand out from the other candidates interviewing for the same job. Take a look at our 8 steps to a better job interview and get ready to secure that once-in-a-lifetime role.
Research the organisation
A quick Google search will take you to the organisation’s website. Here, you’ll be able to figure out exactly what they do and where the business is headed. It’s worth searching for any news articles about the organisation as well. This can lead you to information about charities the business is involved in and can alert you to any sensitive information that may have garnered recent media attention. Having an understanding of a company’s history and plans for the future shows your interest in working for them and will help you avoid any faux pas.
Check out the organisation’s social media
Another quick one you can easily do on your phone or computer! Check out the organisation’s social media accounts. These can give you clues about the culture of the business as well as how they interact with their clients/customers.
Do a LinkedIn check of the people who will be interviewing you
These days everyone seems to have a LinkedIn account so why not take advantage of that and take a look at your interviewer’s profile? Doing this not only helps with obvious things like discovering the interviewer’s job title and what their responsibilities are but can also give you a sense of their work ethic and personality. This can, in turn help you build rapport with your interviewer!
Review the job ad and/or your application
When you’re job hunting, it’s easy to get lost in the numerous applications you have submitted for a whole heap of roles. Take a moment, a few days before the interview to review your application and the job ad – if you can still find it. This will help refresh your memory about what exactly the business is looking for and how you ‘sold yourself’ to them through your cover letter and resume.
Look up the address and decide on your transport options
This step will ensure you get to your interview on time. If you’re taking public transport, look up the most direct way to get to the interview and give yourself a bit more time in case of delays. If you’re driving, it’s a good idea to ask your interviewer about the nearby parking options.
Think about your career goals and remember certain examples from previous roles where you performed well
Often your interviewer will ask about previous roles and the moments where you were proud of your achievements/performance. It’s easy to prepare for these type of questions. Rehearse your answers or better yet, write them down in a brainstorm a few days before the interview. This gives you clear examples that you can discuss with your interviewer about challenges you overcame or goals you reached in your previous roles. Another one you can prepare for is the standard “Where do you see yourself in X number of years?”. A great way to map this out is to section it off into what goals do I have in the short term, in the long term and what is my ultimate career goal?
Pick your outfit
After researching the organisation and your interviewers, you’ll have a sense of what kind of culture the business has and how you are expected to dress. Your interviewer may have also informed you of the dress code, if there is one. Take this into account and ensure you pick out something appropriate. Make sure it is washed and ironed before the interview.
Get enough sleep
Get to bed early the night before. Being well rested will ensure you are alert and are able to remember the answers you revised in the days leading up to interview. Getting enough sleep will also make you appear more relaxed – even when you have a stomach full of butterflies!