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How to Prepare for a Job Interview

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Good preparation is the key to a successful job interview.
Good preparation is the key to a successful job interview.

The most exciting yet the most worrisome part of job hunting is the interview process. Most people get anxious days before, during and after this. It is usually the final stage before landing the job you wished for. When you reach this stage, it clearly indicates you have done well in searching for a job that suits your qualifications. This stage is crucial, therefore, it needs over-all preparation on your part – from your looks to the spell you’re going to say. 


Overall Preparations

Here are some tips to consider before your interview:

  • Research on the organization’s basic information.
  • Utilize the company’s website for important information.
  • If provided with their names, research on the members of the interview panel.
  • Travel the interview route the day before so you can be sure of arriving on time.
  • Allow time for delays, security procedures and finding your way to the interview room.
  • Research on the organization’s dress code.
  • Prepare answers for a range of predictable questions.

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Dressing for a Successful Interview

The appearance during the interview is one of the vital aspects employers consider in choosing the right candidate. Here are some tips on how you can stand out during interviews.

  • Wear the same sort of clothes you would expect to wear when employed on the job itself. This will help the employer to visualize you as actually doing the job.
  • First impressions are important. Ask yourself what first impression your appearance and dress convey.
  • If a job involves engaging directly with customers, ask yourself, ‘what impression would my appearance/dress make on a customer or client?’
  • Avoid looking untidy or over-casual.
  • If you’re not sure what constitutes appropriate dress for a particular interview, adopt the ‘safety first’ policy and dress in the ‘standard interview uniform’.
    • For males: dark suit (grey or dark blue with faint stripes) with a conservatively striped white shirt (no pullover), and black shoes which are well polished; a grey or blue sports jacket with grey trousers is an acceptable alternative to the suit of
    • For females: a suit with matching jacket and skirt, or a blouse with a collar and a skirt below or at the knee, with a conventional jacket and black, sensible shoes
  • There are times when you can disregard the interview uniform completely and rely on the look that most pleases you. In these cases, make sure that your appearance and your dress will have a positive impact during the interview.

Giving your best during the interview, backed up with preparations before the big day, is the best way to finally get the job you wish for. Make sure you stick out positively among others.
Learn more by downloading the eBook Graduate Employment by Greener, Bourner and Rospigliosi.

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