How to prepare for a job interview

Rather than leaving your next job interview to chance, here are some hints to help make your next interview a success.

1. Research the company

Google the company and read any recent news about them in the press. Read through their website. Look at their competitors so you can make intelligent comments when asked. Know the company’s purpose and why you want to work there. Also look up any former colleagues who work there and give them a call to re-connect.

2. Prepare intelligent questions

At the end of every interview, you’ll be asked if you have any questions. If you stare blankly or just smile and say no, you’re missing an opportunity to show you’re engaged and enthusiastic.  Great questions to ask may include: What training programs are available? What is the team culture? What are the key challenges in the role? What are the key areas the company is focusing on over the next three to five years?

3. Have case study examples ready: the good and the bad

As well as being able to recite the details from your resume by memory, prepare case studies or examples of key tasks or projects you’ve worked on and key improvements you made in your current role. Remember to prepare a “bad” example. You should always expect a question like: “Tell us about a time when things didn’t go according to plan”. Give an example where you overcame the problem through a combination of organisational skills, leadership, insight and even teamwork.

4. Prepare your financial information

Sometimes employers move quickly when hiring, so it’s a good idea to collect your financial paperwork and have it ready to complete any forms. Make sure you have your tax file number handy, your current bank details and your super account details.

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5. Consider your visual impression

Did you know an employer will often make a decision as to whether they may hire you in the first ten seconds of meeting you?1 Attention to detail in how you dress reflects how you will attend to your daily tasks in a new role. Keep your outfit crisp, simple and professional. Your body language also tells all, sit upright, make eye contact without staring, and keep your arms and hands open.

6. Confidence is key

Instead of thinking “I really hope I don’t say something wrong”, say to yourself: “this job is mine and this is the company I’m going to work for”. Confidence, or the illusion of it, is powerful and your prospective employer will read your energy more than listening to your answers. Believe the job is yours, tell yourself how great you are and finish the interview with a firm handshake, a smile and a nod. The job may be yours after all.


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1 Patti Wood, SNAP — Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language and Charisma, 2012