Sooner or later, you will have to go for an interview to finalize your recruitment for a position within a company. At the time, you will surely be delighted to have landed an interview. This is an important step after you submit your CV and cover letter, once your application has been selected.
But it should be noted that the job interview is a crucial moment that can jeopardize your recruitment with a single mistake. That’s why it requires a certain amount of preparation and courage. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of our tips to prepare for your job interview.
1. Steps before the job interview
Prepare your job interview.
First and foremost, you need to prepare for your job interview well, as this can be the key to your success. This step consists mainly of preparing your speech and practicing talking about yourself, your background, and your plans. Preparation takes time. So, if possible, practice as soon as you get the date of the appointment. The goal is to make yourself comfortable while talking about yourself in a relevant and convincing way.
Learn about the company
Gather what you think is useful and necessary to know about the company. It is important to do your research, to have as much information as possible about the company. This research will allow you to know what you are getting into, be more informed and reactive in your interview, and prove your motivation and knowledge of the sector and the job to the recruiter.
Prepare any questions you may have
During your preparation, you should eventually think about the questions you are going to ask the recruiter, whether it is about the position or the company in general. But you should also think about the answers you will give to the recruiter in front of the questions you will be asked. Indeed, during interviews, some recruiters take pleasure in asking trick questions.
Prepare your speech
It is essential to prepare the speech you will give during the interview. It generally includes information about you, your background, your skills, and the arguments you will prepare to convince the recruiter to hire you. Once you have finished your speech, practice reading it; this will allow you to speak better during the interview and more fluidly. Remember to take breaks to breathe.
2. Steps to take the day before and during the job interview
Prepare your belongings
The day before your interview, make sure you prepare all the things you need to take with you, such as a few copies of your CV, your invitation to the interview, a notepad, a pen, the job offer, and your internship certificates, etc. This way, you will have more peace of mind when you go to your appointment. To make sure you don’t forget anything, you can make a checklist.
Take care of the first impression
Appearance is the first impression the recruiter will make of you, which is why it is important to take care of it. So, to make a good impression, start by taking care of your clothing. Put on an outfit in which you are comfortable while respecting the codes required by the company. Next, you must be punctual. You can even arrive early to put yourself in the best conditions.
Speak well of yourself
As you have already prepared your speech, you must be able to talk about your background in a fluent way while being relaxed and confident.
Having already prepared your questions, you won’t have to look far. And if anything you say during the interview is unclear, you can always ask for more explanations.
Argue your answers
When you are asked questions, you should always argue your answers while respecting the limits. Justify your answers with examples or by drawing on your professional and personal experience.
Manage your speaking time
Don’t go overboard when you speak. When the recruiter asks you open-ended questions, you should not talk too much about the subject at the risk of talking for nothing.
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