4 Job Interview Tips to Get You Ready and Prepared

In these hard times, it is important that you are prepared for any job interview you attend.

Before the credit crunch (especially in the Financial sector), it was easy to get job interview appointments and numerous job offers. It was not uncommon to find people changing jobs every 2 to 3 years (sometimes less), for a bigger pay packet and better benefits.

Post Lehman Brothers, it is now much harder to find job vacancies and this is also reflected in other sectors. Companies have had to slash their head count and people aren’t moving to create vacancies for new people.

It then becomes vitally important that when you do get a job interview, you are well equipped to impress, assure and inform your prospective employers that are the ideal candidate for the advertised position.

I have listed below 4 tips that will ensure you go to your next interview confident and prepared.

4 Tips for Job Interview Success

1. Research the Job Position

It is important you spend some time reading and re-reading the job specifications and requirements. This will ensure you have the right answers to questions asked by the interviewer. You might have a variety of skills and experiences. However, when at a job interview, always try and draw attention to the fact you have the right experience and skills for that particular job.

2. Dress Appropriately

The clothes you were to an interview do not make you but they go a long way in making a first impression of who you are to the interviewers. Dress formally and refrain from over-accessorizing with too much jewellery. Also don’t wear anything that is too bright or flashy. It’s better to be safe than sorry so dress conservatively even if this isn’t your usual style.

3. Act Confident

This includes your body language and the way you talk. Don’t slouch or stutter during your interview. Sit upright and project an aura of confidence. Even though your interviewer might be listening to what you are saying and trying to access you on that, sub-consciously they’ll be picking up on your body language and you might get the job based on this.

4. Ask the Right Questions

At the end of the interview, you’ll be encouraged to ask questions by your interviewer. This is not the place to ask how much the job pays or your annual holiday entitlement. Ask questions like

* What challenges is the team currently facing?
* What do you like about working for this company?
* What career progression is possible?