5 tips to prepare for your job interviews

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Did you get that job interview you wanted? Congratulations! We all prepare in different ways – some like to read up on company information while others prefer to take it as it comes. Whatever type you are, there are a few things you can think about to do the best interview possible. 

1. Ask for more information

It’s normal to feel nervous or anxious before an interview. Often, these uncomfortable feelings can be due to a lot of uncertainty. What will happen? What questions will you be asked? Get in touch with your contact person at the company and ask what the interview arrangements are. A nice email explaining that you obviously want to make the interview as good as possible and therefore have some questions about the set-up will hopefully also encourage the employer to be more transparent in the future.   

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How to answer interview questions using the STAR method

2. Practice makes perfect

Although it is difficult to know what questions you will be asked during the interview, you can practice talking about yourself and your past experiences. There can be a big difference between thinking things in your head and saying them out loud. Ask a friend or family member to practice with you by asking questions that you think might be relevant to the role and ask for feedback on your answers.  

3. Decide what you want to get out of the interview

It’s not just the company that should evaluate how well you fit the role – you should also evaluate the company to determine whether it’s a place you want to work. Think about what you want to get out of the interview and what you want to know about the company. Ask yourself what is important to you in order to enjoy your job, your boss, and your colleagues. 

4. Prepare questions

How do they view leadership? How would they describe the culture? Would you be able to work from home? Prepare questions that you want answers to so that you can form a clear picture of the company. The interviewer should allow time for your questions at the end of the interview. If you don’t get a chance to ask questions, be clear that you need to do so later.  

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5. Identify what motivates you

An interviewer often wants to know what motivates you in your work life and why you applied to this company and role. Reflecting on this beforehand will not only help you give a thoughtful answer at the interview itself, but it can also help you better understand the types of companies and roles you should be applying to in the future. 

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