It’s becoming an increasingly competitive job market across all industries and if you have an interview in the pipeline, you want to be prepared.
Whether it is a phone interview or face to face, here are some tips to help you remain calm and confident, and be prepared.
- Know the company: Read the company’s history, understand the products or services offered and where do they operate. Look for awards they have won, any articles they’ve been mentioned in and what projects they have in the pipeline. Also, keep the research relevant to the company and the role you’re being interviewed for.
- Know the job description: Re-read the job description of the role you’re being interviewed for and be prepared to give relevant examples from your past experience that qualifies you for the role.
- Prepare questions: When you’re preparing ahead of your interview, some questions may arise, but make sure they are relevant to the role and company. This usually reflects your interest and how keen you are on becoming a member of their company.
- Revise your resume: Re-familiarise yourself with the content of your CV, revise your skills and experiences, and be prepared to answer any relevant questions.
- Don’t lie: It’s important to always be honest in your application, on your CV and during the interview.
- Plan your day ahead: Always allow yourself sufficient time to find the location and a parking. Don’t be late to an interview and if you are going to be late then notify your interviewer. You don’t want to be turned away at the door before you take a step through it.
- Appropriate formal attire: As previously mentioned in a separate interview tip, always dress professionally, it helps you make a good first impression.
I always like to believe that every interview is a learning experience. If you weren’t successful in an interview, there’s always another one and a chance for improvement.
Sara Al Baroudi