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A guide on how to effectively prepare for a job interview

Author: Kingsley Mayor Omenaiko

Most times, job interview could be a little bit stressful and disturbing to the mind. But in the midst of every kind of feeling you might be passing through, don’t ever loose focus.

As you might expect, there are a few different things to consider in job interviews to be conducted under the COVID-19 pandemic.

You need to explore how job interviews will look during current circumstances. I am going to give a detailed breakdown of everything you need to do to prepare for a job interview.

Attending Job interviews during COVID-19

Interviews are taking a different shape in this period of lockdown orchestrated by the dreaded Coronavirus.

Below are some methods that may be employed in the conduct of interviews:

Phone and video conference interviews

Many companies are using remote and virtual interviews at the moment. This can give a slightly different feel to proceedings, as you don’t get the immediate feedback like with in-person interviews.

Rearranged or cancelled dates

Due to things like self-isolation for those with symptoms, it’s not uncommon for interview dates to be moved. Plan for the agreed date, but be aware that it might be subject to change.

Social distancing

Of course, some interviews can’t be conducted remotely. We’re all fairly used to social distancing measures at the moment, but it can be odd in an interview setting.

Things like handshakes and large panel interviews are off the table for now, and you’ll need to pay attention to the measure in place.

Follow ups

Given the current circumstances, it’s not surprising that some organisations are slower at giving interview feedback. Although you should still follow-up after the event, you might want to give it longer than you usually would.

Covid-19 pandemic has Introduced a new world order where things henceforth, will be done differently. As such you need to brace up to challenges of the new era.

How to prepare for a job interview

Now let’s get to the cheese.. How can one really prepare for a job interview ?

It’s worth noting that a lot of the points we’re covering can apply to just about any interview, whether it’s virtual, face-to-face, a panel interview, or other types.

The pre-interview work or preparation process can be broken down into three main areas , namely:

  • Research,
  • Preparation, and;
  • Practice.

As we’ll see, within each of these, there are several factors to consider.

Research

This is the first on your to-do list. You’ll want to know as much as you can going into the interview, as it will help to reduce your nerves and improve your performance.

There are three key areas you need to research:

1) The role

Your ultimate goal with the interview is to demonstrate to the interviewers that you are the best candidate for the role.

To do that, you’ll need to know the position inside out. You’ll have to show that you understand the responsibilities you’ll be taking on as well as the expectations of the company.

2) The company

As well as researching the job, you’ll also want to take a look at the company that’s offering it.

You’ll want to find out as much as you can about the business, its aims and ethos, and what the work culture is like. It seems like a lot of information, but much of it is readily available.

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3) Your CV

When you’re writing your application, you’ll no doubt have already spent time perfecting your CV. So why revisit it now? Well, there are a few reasons to do so as you prepare for your interview.

First, it gives you a refresher on what you’ve already sent over to the company. The second reason to revisit your CV is to compare it to the lists and notes you’ve already made.

Preparation

As the old adage goes, proper preparation prevents poor performance. Trite as it may be, it’s certainly true. If you want to ace your interview, you’re going to need to do some groundwork for the day itself – it’s a vital element as you prepare for a job interview.

Again, the exact format of the interview may differ, but the basics will remain the same.

So try as much as possible to know exactly the answers you will give when you are asked any of these questions:

  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What is it about this role that interests you?
  • What are your biggest weaknesses?
  • Why should we hire you ?

These key questions are often asked. Sometimes, it may be rephrased, but you must know the right thing to answer if such questions are thrown to you.

Some other questions that can be asked are :
  • What do you enjoy most about working here?
  • What are the opportunities for development?
  • What does a typical day look like in this position?

Thus, make sure you make adequate preparation in order not to be caught off guard.

Practice

The final part of your interview prep should be practice for the day itself.

Even if you have everything planned out in your mind or written down on paper, you’ll want to spend time perfecting how you’re going to say it.

Here are some areas to focus
  • Your voice and body language
  • your fluency in grammatical expression
  • your choice of words
  • your composure and eloquence

If you want to take things one step further, you can get a friend or relative to help you run through a mock interview.

After you’ve brought them up to speed on the role and the company, you can either give them some pre-set questions or let them use their own creativity.

After you must have attended the interview and you were promised feedback, ensure you follow up on the interview.

Also Read: Adopt the Mohammed going to the mountain strategy to becoming Successful

My last advise is for you to ensure you arrive the interview venue in time and avoid unnecessary and undue anxiety. You only came for an interview and not an execution.

I will be making an article on how best to succeed in an interview later. For now I draw the cotton to a close. Always feel free to drop your questions in the comment section. Kind regards.

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