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How to Prepare Yourself for an Interview

Be Flexible

Don’t limit your job search. You could miss out on other opportunities by focussing on a specific company or job title. So make sure you see the full value of what each job opportunity has to offer.

Do your research

Once you land an interview, make sure you research the company, its industry and its location. Being prepared gives a potential employer a great first impression.

Practice your answers

Practice your responses to the typical job interview questions that you will find under FAQs. Think of actual examples you can use to describe your skills. Providing evidence of your successes is a great way to promote your candidacy.

Dress appropriately

Make sure your interview attire is neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with. No need to take along a portfolio with your resume and written reference we will have sent that all on ahead.

Be on time

Do not be late for an interview, and note that ‘being on time’ usually means five to ten minutes early. If possible, drive to the office ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going, how long it takes to get there and if parking is available.

Reveal your personality

During the interview, let the interviewer see a little bit of your personality. (Try sharing your interests or hobbies outside of work.) Letting prospective employers know a little more about you makes you stand out from other candidates. But never show too much as this can make potential employers uncomfortable. Stay focused and professional and be sure to highlight your credentials and qualifications above anything else.

Show what you know

Prepare a thorough and articulate response to the question "What do you know about our company.” Then try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions.

Stay calm

During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm as possible. Take a moment to ‘organise’ your response to a question. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention - you will be embarrassed if you forget the question!

Don’t ramble

A favourite ploy with interviewers is to remain silent when you’ve answered a question or finished speaking. Nervous interviewees will talk into that silence because they feel uncomfortable and unwittingly give away a lot more about themselves than they should. If you’ve answered a question sit tight, relax and wait for the next one.

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