Job interviews can be tricky and hard. Usually, it takes a lot of time before a person is able to get a satisfying job. Some jobs may seem appealing because of the salary or pay but at the same time, they might not be the job you really want to do or the job you are passionate about. You will have to do some soul-searching and finding your inner qualities and attributes which is part of knowing yourself better before you find the most suitable job for you. That said, there are many benefits to doing a job including getting some experience, knowledge and being part of a new team.
Below are three tips on how to prepare for an interview whether it’s your dream job or just a casual job you want for experience:
- Understand the company: Read the job contract and understand what the company really wants from their employees. This can be hard sometimes but you can find a lot of details if you look at the company websites or ask previous employees. You should also understand the team you will be working with as they will reflect the etiquettes of the company and can give you a sense of what the company wants from you. Learn the location and place of the work including where it is located, so that you do not have to search on the last day. If you can talk to the people who will interview you or other employees in the company prior to the interview to get a feel for the work culture and if you will be suitable for it, then that would be very beneficial. See if the company states any key strategies they use for interviewing such as common interview questions which you can prepare, those will benefit your understanding of the interview.
- Read the job description: There are many clues in the job description about what the company wants from the job and if you are the right fit. Think about your strengths and weaknesses and see if you will be a good fit for the company and the specific job. If you feel you would be better at another job, you should try applying for other ones, but if you really want to try to get a job, you should be willing to learn new things and be open-minded about the job role. The job description will have details about the specific job and it will help you learn more about the exact things the employee is looking for. You should learn this and be ready to answer any questions relating to this in your job interview. You should also be prepared for any tests or questions that they ask to see if you are able to do the specific job.
- Prepare mock interview questions: It would be good practice if you can prepare the interview questions with your partner, family or peers. Talking to people about the interview will increase your confidence in the job role and how you can answer questions. Ask your friends to help you by asking you questions the employer might ask and talk through any doubts you might have. If you have a family member who has a successful job and has passed many interviews, then it would be helpful to discuss preparatory questions and answers with them. The more you prepare for an interview, and the more interviews you take, the better your skills will be at answering them. Your answers will indicate your communication skills and also your confidence in the specific role.
These basic tips will help you become more adept at interviews and help you gain more experiences at answering interview questions. It is important to understand to not be disheartened if you do not succeed at that first job interview. Remember, practice makes perfect and the more you understand your strengths and what you want to do in life, the more confident you will appear at the interview. Even if you can fake it till you make it in the first interview, you will learn by practice. I myself have failed at a lot of job interviews and it took me a lot of patience and practice to pass the job interviews I have done so far, but they have been an amazing experience which will benefit my future. Good luck!