Preparing for a job interview brings up a whole bunch of emotions. Mostly, nerves.
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Then we generally go with our gut, wing it and hope for the best.
But enough of that.
We have spoken with Mamamia’s Talent Acquisition Specialist, Deborah Francis, to determine the best possible approach to ace a job interview and she has provided us with all the answers.
So take a deep breath and follow these simple steps below.
How to prepare
Preparing for a job interview is important. Very important.
The more prepared you are ahead of time, the more relaxed and comfortable you will be on the day. And that, in turn, will allow your personality to shine through.
Firstly, always do your research.
It is imperative that you know the background of the business, how they work and why they do what they do. Because, without fail, they will ask you.
“Research the company. You are always going to get asked questions like, ‘What do you know about us? Have you heard about us?’ Here at Mamamia we always ask that question and it’s very obvious when you haven’t done your research,” Deborah says.
Also, by understanding what the company is and how they work, you will have a clear understanding of the company culture that you will potentially become apart of.
Next, you need to prepare a list of questions and responses.
Interviewers will ask a range of open-ended questions to get an insight into your personality and whether you would be a good fit for the company and the position. This is your chance to show why you are the best candidate for the role.
You need to consider what questions they might ask and make sure you know how you best want to respond. Again, preparation is key.