If you’ve recently been offered a job interview, you’ll need to start preparing for the big day. There are a number of things to concentrate on before a job interview but we’ve listed below some vital points to help you prepare.
This is an obvious one, but taking along a comprehensive CV template is crucial. The employer will have seen your CV and made the decision to invite you to an interview but it is crucial that you bring copies with you. It could be that the employer brings in another member of staff to the interview and if you don’t have multiple copies of your CV it can be embarrassing. Ensure you read your CV template thoroughly too before you go into the interview as the employer is likely to ask questions from this so you need to know the content extremely well.
Job interview body language can really help you to impress during a job interview. Negative body language, like folding arms, yawning and not maintaining eye contact, can make the employer feel uncomfortable and they will probably think you are not that interested in the job. By making a few changes to your body language you could end up with a second interview or, even better, winning the job. Keep eye contact, smile and make hand gestures and this will demonstrate you are really interested in the role and the company.
Questions and Answers
One of the most difficult things to prepare for is how to answer job interview questions, because you never know what the employer is going to ask. You need to do your research beforehand on the company and the job role and ensure you pick out a few projects you have worked on that would be relevant. Practice answering questions with a friend and consider doing role-play to help you perfect your answers. You should also prepare some questions to ask the employer as it shows you are intuitive and prepared.