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What To Do Before Interviews

Received an email for a scheduled interview but are not sure on how to prepare for it? Don’t worry as here are five tips to guide you through it!

#1 Re-read The Job Description

Job description usually covers a few categories such as:

  • Position Title

  • Duties and Tasks

  • Skills Required

These categories allow you to have a broad overview of the position and how it fits in with the company. Therefore, it is important to re-read the job description thoroughly to ensure that your skills are in line with the skills needed to excel in the job. Additionally, you can also prepare yourself for questions on your employment history with tasks that are similar to the job requirements.

#2 Research On The Company

Companies usually prefer to hire people that portray similar values that will fit in nicely with the company’s culture. By doing a quick search on Google/LinkedIn, you may just be able to gain an insight into the company's future goals and plans. During the interview, if you managed to discuss some of these insights with your interviewer, it might help to increase your chances of being hired as you will appear as a worthy investment for the company.

Some pointers you might want to look out for are:

  • Work culture

  • Competitors

  • History of the company

  • Potential areas of improvement

#3 Preparing Common Questions Asked By Interviewers

Despite each interview varying from company to company, there are still some questions that interviewers are likely to ask during an interview. Even though there is no 100% guarantee that all of these questions will come out, it is always better to be over-prepared than underprepared for an interview.

Common questions include:

  • Please introduce and share more about yourself

  • Why do you think you are a good fit for our company?

  • What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?

  • Where do you see yourself in five years?

  • What do you think we can do better / differently?

#4 Preparing Your Outfit

First impressions matter. Therefore, the outfit that you wear for the interview has to be in line with the company’s dressing. Be it smart casual or formal, you should always clarify it with the HR manager when in doubt. This will help to prevent you from feeling out of place during the interview.

Here are some dressing tips for you:

  • Ensure that clothes are ironed and wrinkle-free

  • Choose well-fitted clothing and avoid revealing clothing

  • Wear clothes and shoes that you are comfortable with

  • Try not to over-accessorize

#5 Have A Good Night’s Rest

As cliché as this sounds, it is important to get adequate rest before the interview to ensure that you will have a clear mind the next day. By doing so, it not only prevents you from having mind blanks during the interview but instead, be more mentally awake to tackle any sorts of interview questions that might be thrown at you.

Overall, we hope this mini-guide has managed to ease your nerves a little and we will like to wish you all the best for your interview

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