How to prepare for a job interview

Congratulations! Now that you’ve secured a job interview, this is now your chance to impress your employers or hiring managers. 

Easier said than done, right? So how can we do our best if we have a lot of thoughts going on in our heads? How can you not be intimidated by the interviewer and think you might mess this up?

Preparation is the key. Organizing and practicing everything ahead of time is a big help to keep it together and perform at your very best. To help you out, here are some steps that you can take to prepare yourself for the job interview that you’ve been waiting for!

10 best ways to prepare for an interview

1. Read and analyze the job description

Before your job interview, you must have examined and reviewed the job description. You have to know what the company is looking for. Make sure you either fit the qualification or have at least the other qualities they are looking for. Grab a pen and paper to list down the details and align yourself to it as your guide. 

2.  Research about the company

The most important part of preparing for your job interview is finding out as much information as possible about the organization you are applying for. Company research will help you answer all possible questions about the organization. In fact, it will also give you an edge over your competition.

3. Plan and practice interviewing

Take time to list common interview questions and plan your answers. You might also consider taking some practice on how to answer the common interview questions to help you calm down during the interview, and at the same time, build your self-esteem. Take note of all the possible issues that you will encounter such as the technical difficulties, most especially if it’s a virtual interview to ensure that you can keep your poise and professionalism while the interview is ongoing.

4. Practice job interview etiquette

Make a positive and lasting impression during the job interview by practicing the proper etiquette. Work-from-home interview etiquettes are very important because the hiring manager will also judge you according to how you present and handle yourself. In addition, having a natural speaking voice and right body movements will make you look more confident.

5. Make the most of the “Tell me about yourself” question

This is the dreaded first question for many interviews. So how to respond to get that conversation started? Are you going to dig into your personal life or repeat what is in your resume? Tell me about yourself establishes a tone of confidence and the ability to maintain composure under pressure. With this being the most common question, you can plan and structure your answer ahead of time.

6. Listen and Ask questions

During the interview, listening is just as critical as answering. You must be attentive at all times for you to be able to give a good response. 

You can’t say “NONE” to “Do you have any questions?” Instead, you should take the time to prepare several questions for your interviewer. Having this will make you look interested, enthusiastic, and engaged. These are all qualities that an employer is looking for. However, keep in mind that there are questions that you must save for later, like asking all about compensation.

7. Sell yourself 

What is the best way to sell yourself to employers and make you the right candidate they are looking for? First, make a note of your skills and qualities that you can relate to the role. Next, present your professional skills and experience that make you stand out from the other applicants. It would be great to discuss too of your accomplishments from your previous jobs. You can also cite examples of challenges and how you overcome them with the help of your abilities. These are a great help in selling yourself during the interview.

8. Show your right attitude

Do you want to make it a stress-free interview? Be there 5 -10 minutes before the actual interview starts. It allows you to relax and lessen your fear. Punctuality is the best attitude an aspiring candidate should have. It is not just how qualified you are, but showing that you are interested in the offer by valuing everyone’s time. Making a good impression with your right attitude will make you stand out amongst the rest of the candidates. Remember that you must display professionalism and respect for the company you are applying for.  

9. Prepare yourself and your space

We all know that this would be certainly be via video interview. You should not wait for you to be asked and begged to turn on your camera. You must prepare yourself and make sure to dress accordingly. This is a sign of a professional and confident candidate. Also, consider taking time to tidy up and prepare the space that surrounds you. Using your laptop or personal computer to conduct a remote job interview is advisable. This includes good lighting and noise-canceling software. Do make a test 10-15 minutes with all your hardware and software to ensure everything looks good and sounds correct.

10. Close on a positive note 

You might want to end it by letting your interviewer know that you are excited about the job and convinced that you’d like to work with the company. Then, you can explain why you think this job is the right fit for you. 

There is no perfect job interview, but by following these steps, you can absolutely ace your job interview with a good impression. 

Nevertheless, if you still didn’t get the job in the end, don’t give up! Think of this as your learning experience and start to come up with a good strategy the next time that you will have your job interview. But one thing is for sure; if you don’t try, chances are zero. So constantly give your best shot, and the “perfect” job will come to you when the time is right.