Pre Interview Preparation – Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail

When you are searching for employment, there are several important considerations that you need to take into account. One of them is to know how to behave during an interview. Experts argue that most candidates lose job opportunities not because they do not have the required qualifications but because they fail to impress their interviewer. It is how you go through the interview that determines your success. Therefore it is imperative to familiarize yourself with the dos and don’ts of an interview before you go out to search for a job. This will put you a few steps ahead of other jobseekers.

Study the Job

It is always important to ensure that you understand what the employer is looking for in the successful candidate. This requires you to take time to analyze the job description. Knowing what the employer wants will help you to consider the skills that match the job. Also, check if your expertise goes with the kind of skills the employer is looking for. This will help you to understand the personal attributes that the employer requires. These aspects are critical for your success.

Compile your assets

Once you have thoroughly analyzed the job and feel you understand what the employer is looking for, you should make a simple list of about ten assets including, for example, certificates, skills, achievements, personal qualifications and specific knowledge. Having these assets ready is important because it will be easier for you to share them with your interviewer. It is always important to ensure that any examples you offer link directly with whatever the employer is looking for. This requires you to take time to compare your assets with the job prerequisites before you go for the interview. That way, you will be able to answer questions aimed at determining if you are the right candidate for the position.

Research possible questions

Before you knock on the door of your interviewer, it is imperative that you do some research on a few questions that you are likely to be asked during the interview. This means that you have to understand the nature of the job, what the company specializes in and much more. Once you have made a list of the most important questions, take your time to practice answering them. Find the most convincing answers to each of the questions you have jotted down. This will not only boost your confidence, but it will help you to cool your nerves a bit. It is very frustrating to be scrambling for answers when you are in front of the interviewing panel.

Some popular examples of interview questions are:

  • What has been your greatest failure in your career thus far?
  • Have you ever had a conflict at the workplace? How did you deal with issues concerning other co-workers?
  • What is your minimum requirement for compensation?
  • Where are you looking to go in the future with your career?
  • What sources are you reading to keep relevant with your field?

Don’t panic – these questions are meant to throw you off guard, as they are types of questions that the interviewer is expecting you not to be prepared for. However, if you prepare concise, confident responses to questions like these, you will come across in a very positive light to the interviewer.

Choose the Correct Attire

What you wear during an interview plays a major role in determining the kind of impression you make on the interviewer. In fact, you should have your interview outfit ready a couple of days before the day of the interview, just to make you feel extra prepared. If in doubt, err on the side of caution and choose something smart and classic. Whatever your chosen outfit may be, make sure that you feel comfortable and confident in it, so that you feel ready to tackle anything the interviewer may throw at you.

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