It can be nerve-wrecking to prepare for a job interview for the job you have been looking for. What you need to remember is that by being called for an interview it means your CV stood from the other candidates which means part of the work towards getting your job is already done. The following five interview tips will help you with preparation and help you secure that job.
1- Research what your interviewers read.
It is important for you to read what your interviewers read. You can do this by trying to find out what interviewers should look for in a candidate. It will not be easy but it’s of the essence to try and get inside the mind of an interviewer to understand what they require.
2- Practice makes it perfect.
Ask a friend to practice with you. Take turns to play the interviewer and interviewee to better understand what is needed. It’s important that you also play the interviewer as this will give you better perspective of what the interview looks for in a candidate. Playing the interviewee will help you to be more comfortable answering questions.
3- Know your weaknesses.
We all have our own weaknesses and its better to know them well ahead of the interview unlike finding out during the actual interview. You could nervous about answering certain questions and the time to workout how to answer those questions is before you go for your interview. Like the point above about practice do the same with these questions. Practice answering them again and again until you are no longer nervous.
4- Find out who your interviewer is.
This is important as some interviews are done by one or two people whilst others are done by a panel of interviewers. Getting this information will help you to be better prepared and make sure you are not overwhelmed on the day if it happens to be a panel interview.
5- Don’t give letters of recommendation.
This might come as a surprise to many, but think about it, will anyone ever go to an interview with a bad letter of recommendation? A conscientious interviewer will want to speak directly to your references and ask their own questions. Everyone knows letters of recommendation always only include good things – nothing critical, which is of little use to the interviewer. Only provide references and contact information if the interviewer asks.