Preparing for a job interview
Contributed, March 1, 2019, 8:04 p.m.
Being on time and confident aren’t the only keys to a successful job interview. Good planning and preparation are essential when attempting to make a good impression on potential employers. Here are a few things you should think about before your interview:
• Choose your attire in advance. Always dress according to the position you’re interviewing for when picking out your clothes.
• Know the route and the amount of time you’ll need to get to the interview. Give yourself plenty of time in case you encounter any unforeseen events, such as construction or traffic.
• Prepare any documents you’ll need beforehand. These might include your cover letter, CV, a list of references and copies of your diplomas or degrees. Place them all in a folder to avoid appearing disorganized.
• Research the company as much as possible before your interview. Learn about the products or services they provide, their target market, company objectives and mission statements, and new projects. Websites, annual reports, specialized journals and press releases are great places to look when searching for information.
• Reread the job listing and identify the key criteria relating to the position, such as the desired skills and qualifications, required training, duties and responsibilities.
• Analyze and memorize your CV. Determine and highlight any relevant experience, skills and assets, and education or training you’ll be bringing to the position. Try to identify any professional weaknesses you may have as well as how you overcame them or minimized their impact.
Finally, prepare some frequently asked questions and ask a friend or family member to interview you. You’ll be able to practise giving clear and concise answers, maintaining eye contact and using the appropriate language and terminology. Whatever you do, don’t memorize your answers: being yourself is crucial for a successful job interview. Good luck!