Student Life October 10, 2019
6 tips to help you prepare like a pro for your job interview

6 tips to help you prepare like a pro for your job interview

Everybody knows the nervousness that comes with a job interview, after all it’s the step which will decide if you can finally start with your dream job or not. By this account, it is an advantage to prepare yourself. With careful preparation you can prevent surprises and radiate with your personal sovereignty!

A lot of people don’t see this as an easy task, due to the fact that you never really know what is approaching and what interview questions you’re likely to face. But don’t get lost in your thoughts! Before the big day arrives, you should concentrate on some easy points.

In this article, we are going to present 6 important tips to get you started with the perfect preparation for a job interview!

1.Get enough sleep

One of the most important preparations is getting enough sleep. However, many students underestimate the importance of it and exceed their limits the evening before the big day. It won’t hurt you if you miss one student party or a celebration until dawn. Your body will be more than grateful!

Good sleep has a positive effect on your concentration and increases your performance. In order to sleep well, it is recommended to do some physical activity 3-5 hours before sleep. This way, you free your mind and fall asleep quicker. Another highly recommended option is to meditate. It reduces stress and allows your body to calm down – the best way to get in the mood to sleep.

2. Inform yourself about the company

“Why would you like to work in our company?” or “Where are our headquarters located?” could be questions from your future employer. You should definitely NOT make up a random answer, but you should do in-depth research about the company in advance. Usually you can find a lot of useful information on the corporate homepage, or on their social media.

Also, larger corporations often have ‘customer magazines’ or brochures which can provide you more detailed information and a bigger picture of the company and their projects. Above all, it is most important that you know the company culture, plus their core values and mission.

Also, don’t forget to check publications from the press or business newspapers! This will show your future employer that you are committed to the company, its values and are ready to join the team! Below you can find some typical interview questions to help you begin your research:

-When was the company founded?

-Why would you like to work for our company?

-How successful is our company in its industry?

-What message does our company send?

-Can you identify with our corporate culture?

3. Choose the right outfit

The fact that you should arrive with a neat appearance for the interview is probably a given. Instead, the question is which outfit is the appropriate one for your big day? If you are unsure, you can always check the dress code with the HR department. Try your interview outfit the day before and make sure everything is clean and fits. The same rule should be applied to your shoes! First impressions are vital.

4. Train your self-presentation

It is customary for the employer to ask you to introduce yourself at the beginning of the interview. Check out your CV the night before in order to have all your important milestones in mind. It’s a great way to stand out from the competition and make a long-lasting impression.

Your self-presentation should not be longer than 3 minutes and has to contain the most important information which is relevant to the role and the company. In addition, you can try to mention some character traits that match the culture of the company. Use your friends or family as a test audience to practice, but be prepared to go off script in case an unexpected question arises.

You can also record yourself delivering the presentation, it can be awkward to watch back but you will pick up some easy points for improvement. Use the video to check that your body language portrays you as the open and competent person you are!

5. Prepare questions

Now that you have been able to answer all the questions in a confident manner, your time has come. Towards the end of each job interview, you will likely hear one last question: “Do you have any questions for us?”.

What you should never do under any circumstances is reply “No”, this will only  reflect a personal disinterest. Don’t forget that an interview is also a test! The questions you ask will reflect how much you prepared yourself and how interested you are in the position.

For this reason, you should always have a few questions up your sleeve. I am sure that some questions were raised during your research on the company. Just write them down so you won’t forget them!

6. Organisation is everything

Check with the company where and when the interview takes place. Search for the best route in order to arrive on time. It is much better to arrive in advance than too late – again, first impressions are very important. It is also recommended to pack your bag the night before and prepare any necessary documents. A notepad and a pen should be staples so you can write down any important information.

To feel even more prepared, you can do some research about your interlocutor – if you know who will be interviewing you. There are different platforms for you to find out about your interlocutor, like on the company website or LinkedIn. You can use your research to find common ground to ease the atmosphere and take the conversation to a more personal level.

A job interview isn’t an easy task and it can be a stressful situation, but good preparation supports self-confidence and you will feel much more secure. In order to learn how to build strong mental health, click here.

I’m sure you’ll nail your new job with these 6 preparation tips! Hopefully you’ll be able to start your first day on the job soon.

Good luck and go get it!

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