Employment skills: How to prepare for a job interview

22 April, 2016
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Going for a job interview can be nerve-wracking and stressful, but a little preparation can make the process easier. Follow <a ?cmpid="IFS_GW_Int''">GAAPWeb's top interview tips to ensure you appear confident and professional, and to help you make a great first impression.

Research the company

It is important to research the company before your interview. The interview is your chance to demonstrate your knowledge of the industry and your interest in the company. Familiarise yourself with the company’s report and accounts, as well as any new products or acquisitions. Check for recent news stories about the company, for example, have there been any recent mergers that you can talk about in the interview?

Take a look at the company’s social media pages to get an idea on what projects they’re currently working on, what their customers are saying about them and to gain a feel for the culture of the company.

Prepare examples

Think about some of the questions that the interviewer may ask you. Employers will want to hear specific examples to demonstrate your skills and experiences, so take a look at the job description and prepare examples based on each skill set they mention. It's also worth revising your own resume and thinking of a few examples that showcase soft skills such as leadership, communication and ability to work in teams.

Double check your route

Make sure you plan your route before the day of the interview and allow plenty of time for any public transport delays. However, don’t arrive more than 10 minutes prior to the interview as this can make the interviewer feel pressured to meet you sooner.

Be aware of your body language

When you're in the interview, make sure you're aware of your body language, for example crossing your arms can portray you as defensive, and avoiding eye contact can be seen as a sign of not telling the truth. Instead, maintain eye contact and let the interview know that you're listening by nodding and responding.

Ask questions

It's important to prepare a few questions to ask at the end of the interview, to show your enthusiasm for the role, but make sure they haven't already been answered, as it may seem like you're not listening! Avoid questions relating to pay, bonuses and holidays, and focus on questions relating to the company and the role.

At the end of the interview, it's always a good idea to ask what the next steps will be. Not only does this show your enthusiasm for the role, but it will give you a clear idea of when you'll hear back from the company.

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