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How to prepare for the interview

  • Publish Date: Posted almost 2 years ago
  • Author:by Jodie Fox

Whether you’re new to the market or haven’t had to look for a job for a while, you may be feeling overwhelmed as you start your job search. In this blog, you’ll find useful advice and guidance to help you prepare for the interview.

Congratulations, you’ve been invited for an interview! Now you need to prepare. Depending on the role and size of the company, you may have to do more than one interview to land the role. 

There are several ways interviews may be conducted:

  • Face to face interviews are most common. It may be with one person or a panel. This is their chance to ask you questions on your suitability for the role. They may also ask you to do a test or an exercise. 

  • Telephone interviews are often early in the application process to filter large numbers of applicants. If successful, you’ll typically be invited for a face to face interview next. 

  • Video interviews are becoming increasingly more popular, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You may be doing this from home, but still make yourself presentable. 

  • Assessment centres may be used for larger group interviews, where you’ll do various tests, presentations, and group tasks throughout the day with fellow candidates. 

Once your interview is confirmed your should prepare by:

  1. Doing your research on the company to show you have taken interest in them.

  2. Study the job description so you can match your strengths and skills to share in the interview.

  3. Rehearse your answers to common interview questions, such as ‘Why do you want to work for this company?’.

  4. Come up with questions to ask at the end of your interview, things like who would you be working with, do they offer any training opportunities, etc.

  5. Look the part! First impressions count, always make the effort to look your best even at more relaxed companies. This applies to video interviews as well!