First and foremost, well done! If you’re preparing for a job interview then you’ve stood out of the crowd and are considered a potential. The next step is to show the company you are applying for, that you really are the person they’re looking for.

This is the stage where nerves tend to increase as we start questioning whether we are good enough. This is perfectly normal but don’t let your nerves take over. Rather prepare, prepare and prepare. The more prepared you are the calmer you will feel.

So, where to begin?

Do your research

Research the company you are applying with well. Being knowledgeable about the company’s services, products and competitors will reflect very positively on you. It shows you took initiative and are genuinely interested in the job you’re applying for which are very valuable characteristics.

Study the job description

It is imperative that you know what job you are applying for and what the company is looking for. The job description will clarify this for you, so ensure you are well versed and can tailor your answers accordingly. It will help you answer questions like why do you think you are the right person for this job?

Prepare a set of good questions to ask the interviewers

Usually, at the end of the interview, the recruiters tend to ask if you have any questions. If you don’t prepare smart questions, you risk the interviewer thinking you are uninterested in the role. A question like; Can you kindly tell me a bit more about the day to day responsibilities of the job? or What do you think are the most important qualities needed to excel in this role? are good questions that will help you gauge whether you would be a good fit within the company. We would advise avoiding questions related to pay and holidays.

Dress for the job

Every company has their own policy on dress code. When interviewing for a job, you are auditioning for a role, a part to play within an organization, so the way you present yourself is extremely important. Try to deduce if the company is more of a suit and tie company or a more casual dress company. Either way, your goal should be to look professional and not as though you’re going clubbing right after or to the beach.

Find the location beforehand

This will reduce any panicking on the day. Know exactly where you are going and you will keep calm. Also, the earlier you go to your interview the better. That way any traffic and unforeseen situations on the road will not affect the time you show up for the interview.

Smile

Smiling, a powerful tool that can make a huge difference! Smiling softens the mood and tension in the room. It is said that half an interviews success is based on the way the candidate makes the interviewer feel during the interview and being happy, friendly and positive is far better than being too serious and uptight. So, stretch those face muscles and smile! It will help reduce your nerves too.

You’ve got this! Deep breaths and best of luck!

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