So you have secured a job interview. Did you have to crack a written round for it? Or was it a straight-to-interview call? But no matter how you got to the interview stage, now that you are here, it’s time to prepare for it. However, the question is- how can you prepare for that?
To help you with that interview, we are here.
So let us tell you the steps you need to follow to be fully prepared for your upcoming interview.
STEPS YOU NEED TO FOLLOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR JOB INTERVIEW
- Plan The Journey
The first thing you need to think about after you have got the interview call is- how are you going to get there? Many people think that transportation isn’t something you need to consider early in your plans to prepare for a job interview, but that’s not the case.
People frequently report that reaching the interview location proved to be a huge challenge because they didn’t consider it before. So you need to decide- Are you driving there? Or are you planning on taking public transport?
If you are opting for the former, you need to be prepared and refuel your car a day before the interview. But if you are opting for public transportation, you need to calculate the time needed to reach the interview destination. But that’s not all. You also need to keep an extra 40 mins to an hour in hand in case there are emergencies.
If possible, check out the interview location a couple of days before. This will allow you to know the route. Also, plan any backup routes if possible. In the end, make sure that you arrive at least 15-20 minutes early.
- What Are You Wearing?
After you have figured out the transportation issue, the next step is to decide what you are going to wear to the interview. Many companies already state the dress code. But if you have any doubts, always default back to formals. Know that most companies want a conservative professional look, so that’s what you must be aiming for.
If you are wearing a suit, make sure that you iron it and look for loose strings. Also, manicure your nails, get a facial done, and comb your hair perfectly. In the end, don’t forget to shine your shoes. Keep in mind that these are little things that your interviewers will pay attention to.
- Review Your Job Description
The first step is to sit with the job description the night before your interview. Go through it thoroughly and try to memorize the ‘skills required’ section well. This section will help you during the interview where they might ask you- why should the company hire you?
Along with this, you also need to memorize the job description and job title to ensure that you know what position you are applying for. So now that you know the first step, it’s time to move on to the next step.
- Research And Read Up On The Company
Now that you know the job title, description, and skills required, it’s time to research the position in the company you are applying to. Sites like GlassDoor and Indeed have a wealth of information about various positions. In those sites, you need to research the people who held that position before. Then you need to know what they are saying about the company, the manager they were working under, and the remuneration they got.
If you can’t get accurate information about that position in the company, look at what people who have held the same position in other similar companies are talking about. But that’s not all. Once you have researched this, you need to move on to researching the entire organization.
First, you need to find out about the company culture and its core business. After that, you need to branch out to the executives of the company and know how the company is doing financially. Make sure that you carry out a detailed search so that you are ready to meet your future employer.
- Prepare The Interview Questions
You won’t get to know exactly what questions will get asked till you head to the interview room. But there are a lot of articles that will tell you about the most commonly asked HR interview questions for freshers. So make sure that you go through them the night before the interview.
Know that the 3 most common questions are- Why should our company hire you? Where do you want to be 5 years from now? And tell us about yourself? So make sure that you prepare for these questions and then some more really well.
However, don’t overthink too much. Also, refrain from obsessively looking at the common interview questions list on the morning of the interview. Instead, try to remain calm and think about your entire life’s journey leading to this moment.
After all, if you know about your minor life incidences in detail, you will be able to tailor each answer accordingly. So this will allow you to give a unique answer that might enthrall your interviewers.
Preparing for a job interview is anxiety-inducing since you won’t know the outcome of that interview. But that’s why you need to exercise control over the above elements since they are in your control. Keep in mind that once you are in the interview room, try to remain calm and be in that moment. Be attentive and listen carefully so that you can ace that test.