6 Interview preparation tips

1. Research the company

  • Whether we like it or not, we have to know our employer and how we will add value to the organization. Do your research and avoid the blank face when asked the following: Why do you want to work for this company? If you know the company you will be able to give an answer best suitable to what you want to do.

2. Research yourself

  • This might sound crazy, but you need to get to know yourself. How do you sell a product you don’t know much about? Do a SWOT (Strength, weakness, opportunities and threats) analysis about yourself so that you can easily answer questions such as: What are your strengths? Weaknesses? How have you tried to improve on them?

3. Research the role

  • It is very important to understand the role you applied for. We spend most of our time at work (roughly 40 hours a week or more), it is essential that you are aware of what you will be doing and to be happy in your work. You should be able to answer questions regarding the position and also understand what will be expected from you.

4. Interviewer insight

  • Find out who will be interviewing you. The point of the interviewers differs from who will be interviewing you. If it’s the recruiter, the interview will be based on your company fit. If it is the line manager interviewing you then it will be more about the role and a thorough discussion of your responsibilities, reporting structure as well as working conditions. Understanding who will be interviewing you will help with your preparation and providing suitable answers.

5. Practice makes perfect

  • Practice practice practice! Proper preparation prevents poor performance. Know yourself and understand the role and organization. Stand in front of the mirror and talk about yourself, it’s okay to pump yourself up with self-confidence. Be ready for the most difficult questions but also be ready for the easy ones. Have scenarios to back your stories up.

6. Look the part

  • Dress for the job. Present yourself in a way that will make the interviewer want to give you the contract right away. The way you look will already show your personality as well as how you can present the company. So look the part and be yourself.