Very often people focus exclusively on their application form and neglect preparation for the second part of the hiring process, the interview. It can be tempting to think that as you’re only giving answers about things that you already know, your work experience, that there’s not really much preparation that you can do. Do not fall in to the trap of thinking this way. Interview preparation is absolutely key to your success, there are so many things that you can do to improve your chances at this stage.
Create yourself a list of the interview stages
The best way to prepare for an interview is to make yourself a list of the possible stages that you will face. I’ve gone ahead and helped you by listing some of the stages, if you can think of other sections that may crop up in your interview (no two interviews are the same) then by all means add them in.
Experience – go through each of your previous work places and write down the key points that you’d like to talk about. You should consider good examples of key skills that you used when working there and make a note of noteworthy tasks and duties that you carried out that would be easy to talk about when asked. Even if you’re asked a question that you don’t expect you can tailor your answer to include these examples.
Surprise questions – you may be thinking, how can I prepare for questions that I don’t expect. The truth is that you can. Google ‘most common interview questions’ or something similar and check out a number of webpages that have suggestions on these. Work through each question in turn and write down your answers. Again, even if the exact questions don’t come up, the chances are you can still adapt the answers that you’ve prepared.
End of interview questions – Always prepare questions to ask your potential employer. Again, feel free to Google ‘questions to ask at the end of an interview’ for a large number of examples. Failure to prepare questions to ask at the end of the interview can reflect very poorly on you. It shows a lack of preparation and dedication at this early stage. This can really put employers off.