You submitted your CV or application form and have now been invited to a job interview. Help … what next? This blog will give you some pointers about what to expect and what you need to do to prepare for a Job Interview.
An Overview of Job Interviews
Job Interviews are an important part of any recruitment process. But what are interviewers actually looking for?
Shining in a job interview is very much about preparation and planning beforehand and ensuring that your personality shines through.
What are the different types of Job Interviews?
How to prepare for a Job Interview
Should you just wing it or do you need to do some preparation? To be successful for a job interview it is important for you to complete the following:-
Tips for face to face interviews
Remember that first impressions count. Wear something professional and appropriate but not uncomfortable. Your handshake is important, so look the interviewer in the eye and shake firmly. A smile will often help too!
Tips for telephone interviews
Just because someone can’t see you doesn’t mean that you can’t dress up or smile. This might help put you in the right frame of mind to respond.
Tips for answering questions
Don’t panic and be yourself
Listen carefully to the question. If you are unsure of how to answer, or missed part, don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat it. Don’t try to fit your prepared answer to the question if it won’t work, take a second to think of a more appropriate reply.
Just remember the essentials of a good interview
Questions at the end of the Job Interview
Come prepared with some questions to ask at the end of the interview, such as:-
It will show the interviewer that you are interested and help you to visualise what it would like to work there.
In summary, preparing for an interview is as important as completing your CV or application form. Preparation is key to demonstrate that you are the best person for the role.
If you would like some support in preparing for a Job Interview email me today at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll help you get started.
Kathryn Hall "The Career Owl" helps you to explore your career options, whether you are seeking to enter the world of work for the first time, seeking a career change or returning back to work from a career break.