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5 Ways To Prepare For Your Interview

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You have had an invitation to an interview. This is your chance to show off your skills and your chance to show how perfect you are for this job. You are determined to shine in the interview, so here are our 5 ways to prepare for your interview to ensure that you have everything covered. 

Whether you are applying for part-time roles in your local store, accounting internships or your dream creative job, you need to be absolutely clear on what the role will entail and then be able to demonstrate why you would be perfect for it. 

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Go over the job description

The first thing that you should do is go over the job description. Whether you are applying for part-time roles in your local store, accounting internships or your dream creative job, you need to be absolutely clear on what the role will entail and then be able to demonstrate why you would be perfect for it. 

Look at every single objective, skill required and qualification needed. Make notes around each point sharing your thoughts, relevant examples, and any questions. Having questions is always good as it demonstrates to the interviewer that you have thoroughly thought through every aspect of the role.

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Mind map your skills and experience

It is now time for you to note down all of the skills and experience you can offer your prospective employer. 

Start mind mapping everything that you feel you can offer, bearing in mind the job role and then thinking outside of that role as there are probably other attributes that you can bring to your new company. Perhaps you organised the staff parties at your last workplace or you are a whizz on social media. 

“The interview process – most of us have walked down this road before. And although the interview itself brings about emotions of sheer terror, it is often the prescreening interview that can make or break whether we get that next job. Prescreening interviews are generally held over the phone, and though they can vary just as much as a face-to-face interview can, there are a few guidelines to follow that just might get you to the next step in the process of advancing your  career.” – 5 Tips for Surviving the Screening Interview

Think about what you will be asked about

You need to get yourself in the interviewer’s mind and think about what you are going to be asked about. Whilst you cannot possibly guess every area and question, it is worth thinking about likely discussion points and the types of examples that you will be asked to provide. 

Take a look at both typical interview questions and more uncommon interview questions and think about how you can answer them to best demonstrate your suitability for the job.

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Research the company

Take some time to carry out research on the company that you are applying to. Look into their background, their mission statement and values, and familiarize yourself with the products and services that they offer.

Look at any media coverage that they have received and check out their social media channels if they have them. This will give you an idea of the image and brand that they are seeking to cultivate and help you to better understand what is important to them. 

Plan your outfit

Having thoroughly prepared for your interview discussion, you need to plan your outfit so that you make the right first impression.

As a general rule, it is best to dress up and wear smart clothing and avoid over-accessorize the outfit. You will want to feel comfortable and in keeping with your own style so that you can relax during the interview. 

Ensure that you have everything out and pressed in advance of the interview so that you are not scrabbling around getting your clothes ready on the day itself. 

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