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How to prepare for a job interview

A job interview is your chance to show the company that you’re the best person for the job. A well-prepared plan is key to your success.
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A job interview is your chance to show the company that you’re the best person for the job. A well-prepared plan is key to your success. Here, we’ll take a look at how to make the most of the opportunity.

Preparation is key

  • Review the job description and align your competencies with the skills required for the job. Think of examples of where you have performed similar duties in your previous positions.
  • Research the organisation – what are their values, future goals and plans?
  • Check the company website and LinkedIn or Facebook for reviews and comments to give you insight into the organisation’s culture.
  • Research the broader industry and the company’s main competitors.
  • Think about possible interview questions and plan responses that align with company values and qualities they will be looking for.
  • Don’t just think of a possible answer in your head – practice verbalising your answers.
  • If possible get a friend or family member to role-play an interview with you.
  • Practice in front of a video camera.
  • Dress appropriately for the interview – clean, ironed and presentable.
  • Plan your journey or even do a trial journey to make sure you know where you are going and that you can arrive at least 15 minutes early.

Further preparation

During the days before the interview On the day
Research the organisation – become familiar with their website, general info Mental preparation – Be confident! Be excited!
Check location of interview and how long it takes to get there Be well groomed and appropriately dressed
Double check date and time Review the details on your resume
Prepare/revise answers to questions Consider photos / work examples Review your prepared questions and answers – take them with you
Plan what you will wear Don’t smoke before the interview
Contact your referee/s Arrive early and look keen
Prepare questions you want to ask

Reed Jobs Board have a great pre-interview checklist that you can access here

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