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How to prepare for that important interview
So you’ve done it! You’ve found the job you want to apply for, you’ve applied using your Europass CV and have written a targeted cover letter, and you’ve got an interview!
The first thing you’ll have to do is some more in-depth research into organisation to which you have applied. You will already have carried out some preliminary research for your cover letter, so now is the time to really research the values of the organisation, and how your skills and knowledge would be advantageous for the company. Prepare some ideas about how you can contribute to the company.
It is also a good idea to research the people who are interviewing you. Google them or look them up on LinkedIn to see how they managed to climb the career ladder. That way, you will understand better the questions they are asking you, and you may find you have some common interests, for example, which could be a talking point in the interview.
Remember to wear smart, clean clothes and have a tidy appearance for the day of the interview as your appearance is very important. It is beneficial to make a good first impression, as employers can decide very quickly if you have been successful in the interview or not.
Prepare some sample interview questions, and practice them with a friend or relative. Ask them to give you honest feedback about the content of your answers and your delivery.
Employers may ask you three very revealing questions, designed to find out a bit about the “real you”. These questions could be: How did you find out about the job? What did you like about your current job? What are your strengths and weaknesses? How do you get on with your colleagues and superiors? And why did you leave your previous job? The answers to these questions will divulge to the employer what sort of employee you will be. In order to impress, prepare answers to these questions.
Remember to ask the interviewer questions at the end of the interview. Asking a few key questions about the interviewer themselves and the day-to-day work of the company will be sure to impress the interviewer and help them to remember you. Questions such as: Will the role involve any training? What are the few things that really drive results for the company? Showing understanding and awareness of the organisation will demonstrate to the interviewer that you have done your homework and you are invested in the company’s success.
Finally, remember – interviews are all about confidence. To calm your pre-interview nerves, ensure you get a good night’s sleep beforehand. Have a good breakfast the morning of the interview; this will ensure you have enough energy to fully focus on the interview and will not be wondering about your growling stomach. Bring a few copies of your CV to give to your interviews. Most importantly – remember to smile! After all, you’ve already done well to secure the interview!
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