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Preparation is key: Why candidates should prepare thoroughly for their interviews

Preparing for an interview entails thinking about your goals and qualifications in relation to the role and employer. To do so, conduct research on the organization and carefully read the job description to determine why you would be a good fit. By preparing ahead of time, you will feel more in control and will appear cool, calm, and collected to potential employers.



How can you prepare for an interview?


1. Examine the job description in detail.

You should refer to the employer's advertised job description as a reference during your preparation. The qualifications, traits, and experience the company seeks in an applicant are listed in the job description. The more you can match up with these specifics, the more likely it is that the employer will recognize your qualifications. You can get ideas for interview questions the company might ask from the job description as well.


2. Investigate the business

If you receive an interview invitation, you should prepare some questions about the organization in advance. You could get in touch with the business to request an information pack or visit their website. The following information regarding the employer should be sought out:

  • what they produce or market?

  • Who are their clients, exactly?

  • What kind of a company are they?

  • What is expected to be involved in the job?

  • How may your skills best be matched to the position?

3. Strategize your commute

Even if it seems easy, showing up late is one of the worst interview sins. Make sure you are going somewhere and know how to get there, and then give yourself plenty of time to get there. To give yourself time to compose your thoughts, try to be at the location at least five minutes early. Having a backup strategy is always a good idea in case something goes wrong, such unanticipated failures or station closures. Keep your phone charged so you can look up instructions while you're out and about, or print out a map just to be safe.


4. Take into account your responses to typical interview inquiries.

There are a few typical interview questions you can prepare responses for, even if you won't be able to foresee every question you'll be asked. Creating an elevator pitch that succinctly sums up who you are, what you do, and what you want is something else you might think about doing. In some cases, a test or evaluation may be administered as part of the hiring process. You might be required to write or assess code during an interview for a position in computer programming, development, or analytics, for instance. Asking colleagues in the field for examples of tests they've taken as practice could be beneficial.


5. Ask the interviewer incisive questions.

Candidates who inquire carefully about the organization and the role inspire confidence in many companies. Take the time before the interview to prepare a few questions for your interviewer(s) that demonstrate your knowledge about the firm and the position.

Candidates who inquire carefully about the organization and the role inspire confidence in many companies. Take the time before the interview to prepare a few questions for your interviewer(s) that demonstrate your knowledge about the firm and the position.


Sources:

  1. https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/interviewing/how-to-prepare-for-an-interview

  2. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/importance-being-prepared-interview-safi-deen/

  3. https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/preparing-interview#:~:text=Being%20invited%20to%20an%20interview,sure%20that%20you%20are%20successful.

  4. https://www.glurecruit.co.uk/advice-center/candidate/interviewing-for-a-job/the-importance-of-being-fully-prepared-for-your-interview/

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