Interview Preparation That Will Get Your Dream Job!

Do you get nervous just at the thought of attending an interview? If you’re looking to change jobs – whether you’re moving companies or moving up in your current organisation – there is no getting away from interviews. You might be the best person for the job, but if you let your nerves get the better of you, or you don’t prepare for the interview, then you’re not going to get your dream job.


This blog is all about the best preparation that you can do for your next interview, to help you get the job that you really want.


Far too many people walk into interviews without having done sufficient preparation. But if you haven’t done your homework, how can you expect to stand out from the other candidates and to impress the people interviewing you? Poor preparation will give the impression that you’re not really that interested in the job for which you’re applying. And why would anyone give a job to someone who doesn’t appear to care about their company?


Before every interview, you need to spend enough time preparing for that specific interview. Here are the three areas that I encourage all my clients to focus on when they’re preparing.


Do your research into the job and the company


Read carefully all the information that the company sends you about the business and the job. Read their website – every page of it. Look them up on the internet to see what else you can find out about the company, how it works, who works there and what other people are saying about them. What sort of reputation do they have? What sort of people work there? If you know who will be interviewing you, look them up on LinkedIn, to get more background information. They will be able to see that you’ve looked at their profile, which will put you in a good light, even before you meet them at the interview. It really is worth spending a couple of hours doing this research, for every single interview you attend.


Prepare concise answers to frequently asked questions


As well as the questions in the final section below, you need to prepare answers to a whole range of questions that you are likely to be asked at an interview. There is nothing worse than being lost for words during an interview. Make your answers short, clear and concise – don’t waffle! When you give a short answer, your interviewer can ask you more questions in the time they have allocated to your interview. The more questions you can answer, the more information your interviewer will be able to gather about you. The more they know about you, the less of a risk they are taking if they offer you the job. Do whatever you can to make the interviewer’s life easier!


Make the best impression


Remember to spend plenty of time preparing to look your best at your interviews. Pay attention to the details – are your shoes clean, is your shirt ironed, or is there fluff on your skirt? Does your outfit fit properly and make the best impression? It can really pay off to invest some time and money with an image consultant, who can help you to stand out in a positive way. What does your handshake say about you? Is your posture confident? Do you smile enough? Preparation is key in helping you to make the best first impression.


Don’t leave anything to chance when you’re attending an interview for a job that you really want. Take the time to prepare and your preparation will pay off.


Three More Things You Can Do to Prepare

Spend some time planning how you would answer these questions in an interview:

1.       On your very best day at work, when you thought you had the best job in the world, what did you do?

2.       Describe your worst day at work and what would you do differently.

3.       In the last few months, when have you been the furthest away from your comfort zone?


When you’re prepared to answer questions like these, you will find it much easier to stand head and shoulders above the other candidates and get the job you deserve.


Do You Need Some Interview Coaching?

We regularly coach our clients, to help them to do their very best at interview. If you feel you need to shine more at your next interview, we can help. We can discuss the questions that you’re likely to be asked and help you to prepare the best answers to those questions. Together we can make sure that you give a really polished performance.


If you would like some coaching to improve your interview technique, call us on 01483 303 593 or click here to email us.

Good luck in your next interview!

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