Lack of preparation is the biggest, most common mistake made by job seekers when going for a job interview. Interviewing, and presenting yourself well in an interview is a skill; which is good news because preparation and practice will improve your skill level.
Effective preparation for your job interview can make the difference between getting the desired job and rejection.
Your job interview could be either before or following a psychometric test. (Click here to find out more about psychometric tests) Employers tend to use the interview as an opportunity for a one-on-one conversation exploring areas which were either indentified in your psychometric test results or resume.
There is no one “best” way to prepare for a job interview. However, there are a number of important strategies you can utilise to ensure you enhance your chances of coming through your interview with flying colours.
One of the critical issues in preparing for your job interview is to understand the interview process. Identify a set of questions which you are likely to be asked and prepare great answers to all of them, also prepare a good set of questions which you can ask the interviewer. Remember the interview is your best chance to make a great impression.
Your initial preparation should include research about the organisation and the position you have applied for. Ideally you should also actually practice typical and targeted interview questions. This is where our ‘Interview Preparation Course’ comes into its own. In our course you will:
Learn to identify what the interviewer will be looking for in your job interview
Know how to prepare an effective pre-interview checklist
Understand the typical types of interviews such as screening interview, telephone interview, panel/group interview, behaviorally based interview, case interviews, situational interview and technical interview.
The final preparation includes details of dress and appearance, the importance of knowledge of the location of the interview, what to expect, and protocols for follow-up.