The job interview is probably the most important step you will take in your job search journey – it’s your best chance to show the hiring manager that you’re the best person for their job.
Knowing how to prepare for a job interview begins with the following:
- Reviewing the job description
- Thoroughly researching the company
- Thinking about what you will wear
- Planning your journey to the interview
- Preparing for questions you will be ask
- Preparing your own questions for the employer
- Following up with the employer
Read and review the job description
You’ve received a call for that dream job, so how do you prepare for the interview? The first step in the preparation process should be to go back and review the job description. Most job descriptions follow a similar pattern and are usually categorised by the following points:
- Job title/Department
- Duties and tasks
- Skills required
The job title and department will give you an understanding of the major purpose of the position and where the role fits into the organisation, allowing you to discover who your potential line manager could be.
Read and review the job description very thoroughly and be sure to align your competencies with the skills required for the job. You will consequently ready yourself for questions around your previous experiences, performing similar duties in other organisations.
Research the company
Organisations look to hire people with similar values to those of the company culture. Researching the company before an interview will give you an insight into the organisation’s future goals and plans and being able to discuss these points will make you seem like a long-term investment to your future employer. The following interview preparation tips will give you a guide as to which aspect of the company should be researched:
- Company financials: Check the company website. Doing a Google search can also uncover the current state of the company. Have they gone through a merger? – or have they expanded recently? LinkedIn is also a good source of information.
- Culture: Look at LinkedIn and Facebook or check Google reviews for comments by current or former employees.
- Executive team: Look through the company website to research the company hierarchy and find out who the executives are.
- Competitors: Find out who the company’s main competitors are and look into the websites of organisations in the same industry.