If you have graduated from your studies and planning to join the job market, it pays to do some research before attending any job interviews. Although at times job interviews can be stressful and tense, if the right preparation is completed then they can become a lot more manageable. Here are a few tips to take into consideration before heading to any job interview.
Do Your Research
Always research the company that you are being interviewed for. By understanding what industry they are in, what product or service they sell, the size of their operation and their possible growth potential can be an easy way to impress your interviewer. More often than not, many of the interviewer’s questions will be based on the industry that they are operating in, so if you display a sound knowledge of this then it will go a long way to influencing the interviewer’s perception of your ability.
Know the Position
Be sure to have an in-depth look into the position description of the job you are applying for. Do you have the necessary experience to field all the objectives outlined in the description? Chances are that the majority of the questions will be asked about what relevant experience you have, so you need to be confident about your work achievements and outline how their business would benefit from hiring you.
We all know the stock interview questions that are always asked, and your answers are usually just as rehearsed. However, it pays to adapt your answers for the company or position you are going for. If you are being interviewed for a marketing position, don’t just say that your strength is being creative, state that you are creative and back it up with examples that are suited to the position. This shows the interviewer that you can adapt to current situations and think laterally on the spot.
Don’t Be Late… Or Too Early
Although we all know the cardinal sin to a job interview is turning up late, many applicants still do it. Again it is all down to research. The night before an interview look up where the interview will take place, how long it will take you to get there and the possible modes of transport, and then plan your day accordingly. Another major mistake is getting there too early. Although many people think this shows an eagerness and enthusiasm for the position, in many instances the employer will simply put it down to poor time management. As a general rule, aim to be at your interview 5 minutes before it is set to take place.
Know Your Work
If you are moving from one job to another, be prepared for a lot of questions based on your prior experience. It will be expected that you know a substantial amount about your previous work and how it can benefit the interviewers. If you are a recent graduate, don’t relax too much. Expect a lot of questions about specific assessments at your university and how they would prepare you for the position you are applying for. Once again, it pays to outline what work you have completed and then explain how it will hold you in good stead for this position.
Although interviews can be an anxious time, if you do your research and prepare adequately you will find yourself a lot more relaxed when answering the questions put forward to you. Good luck!