Successfully mastering interview preparation can be the difference between getting the job and not getting the job, even if you are the best candidate on paper. It can be daunting, but with the right approach, you can confidently walk in and leave a lasting impression if your preparation is thorough.

Here are my top tips to help you prepare for your next interview feeling confident.

Research the company

Take a good look through their official website, and understand their mission, vision, and values. Familiarise yourself with their products and services along with any recent news and blogs.

It’s a good idea to follow the company’s social media pages and look through their posts to get a sense of their market position, culture, community interest, or charity work.

If you find any company reviews on Google or Glassdoor, these can give you an idea of what current and former employees have to say about the culture and what it is like to work there, (although keep an eye out for disgruntled staff writing reviews that may be exaggerated or false)

Understand the Job Description and Person Specification

Focus on the main responsibilities listed in the job description and think about how your skills and experience align with these tasks. Be prepared to give examples as part of the interview to demonstrate this experience.

Make sure you understand the technical and softer skills required for the role, highlighting things like communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.

Match your experience to the job using STAR

Identify any past experiences that align with the job requirements, thinking about specific achievements, backed by data.

You can demonstrate your experience by using the STAR technique.

STAR Method

  • Situation: Describe the context within which you performed a task or faced a challenge at work.
  • Task: Explain the actual task you had to perform.
  • Action: Describe the specific actions you took to complete the task or solve the problem.
  • Result: Share the outcomes of your actions, quantifying them when possible.

Practice interview questions beforehand

There are a number of different interview questions you could be asked that include:

    • “Tell me about a time you faced a challenge at work.”
    • “What are your weaknesses?”
    • “Can you give an example of when you worked well under pressure?”
    • “Tell me about yourself”
    • “Talk me through your CV”

Depending on the role, be ready to answer technical questions related to your experience and qualifications. Practice problem-solving and technical scenarios.

Questions to Ask the Interviewer

Prepare insightful questions to ask at the end of the interview. They can be based on the job role, training and development or even questions around some of the research and preparation you have done to show your genuine interest in the role and the company.

Plan what you wear

Consider the company’s dress code and dress accordingly. If you’re unsure, speak to your recruiter, however, it’s safer to be slightly overdressed than underdressed. Opt for professional clothes that make you feel confident and comfortable.

Plan the Logistics

Make sure that you know the exact location, travel time, and parking arrangements for you to attend the interview in person.

If the interview is virtual, make sure to test your technology (internet connection, camera, microphone etc) and choose a quiet, well-lit space close to your router. Make sure to think about what is in the background of the screen.

Once you are fully prepared, you should make sure that you get a good night’s sleep and rest the night before so that you are focused and alert for the interview.

Remember, the goal is not just to show that you’re qualified for the role but also to demonstrate that you’re a great fit for the company culture. Good luck!

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