wouldn’t seem human if you weren’t even a little bit nervous when preparing for
a job interview, and in fact many people rank job interviews as nerve-wracking
as public speaking and going to the dentist. But it’s hardly surprising, after all
there’s a lot riding on your performance in an interview.
there are some simple steps you can take to prepare yourself better for an
1. Do Your Research
companies have some kind of online presence, so it should be fairly easy for
you to learn a good deal about the company. You should also try to learn as
much as you can about the position you are being interviewed for. If you can,
print out a copy of the job description and take it with you to the interview,
and be sure to bring extra copies of your resume just in case the interviewer
needs a copy.
2. Practice Makes Perfect
to interview well is a skill, and the people who are best at it practice,
practice and practice some more in order to prepare. Sometimes there are
opportunities through career services to mock interview. A
mock interview would usually be conducted by an employer or a career
services professional, and it’s basically you being interviewed for a pretend
job. Mock interviews are helpful because they can offer a release from your
nervousness and the interviewers are usually able to provide feedback on
option is to ask a friend or family member to “role play”
an interview with you. If you have a webcam or camera, you can try
recording your performance and analysing the areas where you think you need
3. Know Interview Lingo
A lot of
companies are making use of behavioural interview techniques, which requires
the candidate to provide situations from their previous experience in which
they would have to specify tasks, actions and outcomes.
may be asked like “tell me about a time when…” or “give me an example of a time
when…” This gives you a chance to share previous work experiences and in turn
the interviewer can discover what you learned from your experiences. Companies
prefer to use this technique because it provides them with information on a
candidate that is unlikely to be written on a resume.
4. Sell Yourself & Build The Business Case
going to be interviewed should think about the business case of why they should
be hired. The interviewer needs to have a good, solid reason to present an
offer to a candidate. With this in mind, candidates should think about their
knowledge, skills and abilities and most importantly think about how these
would benefit the hiring organization.