Table of Content:
- Make some research
- You and your career path
- Prepare questions about the company and the job
- What are the different types of interviews?
- What to do on the day of the interview?
A job interview is a great opportunity for an employer to find out if you are a good fit for the job. It is also a good way for you to learn about a company, and discuss your background, qualifications, and motivation.
However, it can be a nerve-wracking experience for both parties.
This is the reason why it is important to prepare effectively for your next interview and you must consider several factors.
In this article, you explain the 5 ways to prepare for a job interview.
1. Make some research
Read the job description carefully
The job description will be your guide throughout the interview. Make sure you have read it carefully and know what the employer is looking for in a candidate, so it will be easier for you to answer their questions.
Research the company
Make sure you know about the company, its history, and its core values. The more you know about the company, the better questions you will be able to ask during the interview.
Study their website
The website is where you will find all information about the company, its values but also the team, and your potential colleagues. It can also help you to understand the mood of the company. If you are working in I.T. or marketing, it is also a good way to talk about your point of view about their website, potential problems and win points.
2. You and your career path
Tell me about yourself
This question might seem simple but is always asked during an interview. Here a recruiter wants to see if you can highlight in a short amount of time the important information about your profile.
Don’t simply re-phrase your resume, try to give it a personal touch and information that you didn’t write on your resume or cover letter.
Think about your skills and experience
Think about the skills and experience you have that are relevant to the position and be able to talk about how you used these skills at previous jobs. You should be able to answer questions about your skills confidently, being able to provide examples of when you have used these skills. Try also to describe your skills using the same keywords as the job description.
3. Prepare questions about the company and the job
Prepare questions to ask
Asking the right questions during an interview is key to getting a job offer, so prepare for the job interview by practising asking questions that will give you more information about the position and the company.
For example, if you’re applying for a marketing position, ask questions such as: “What kind of marketing strategies do you use?” or “How would you describe your approach to marketing?”
It is also important to ask questions that show your interest in the job and are relevant to the employer’s needs.
These can range from questions about your potential salary, how many people are in the team you will be working with, or even what their 5 years plan is for the team you are applying for.
Practice the answers to questions in role-plays
Prepare for a job interview by practising answering common questions before you go into an interview. This will help you feel more comfortable answering them during the talk and will give you a better understanding of what you can expect.
4. What are the different types of interviews?
Phone interviews are very common in the recruitment process, as they are often used as a way of screening candidates or as a first interview. A phone interview can be stressful, but if you prepare in advance, you will feel more confident when talking on the phone.
It is also often the first way to contact you to organise a video or face-to-face interview.
Video interviews are becoming more and more popular as an alternative to in-person interviews, mostly since covid. It is also a way for companies to be able to interview candidates who do not live close to their offices.
If you’re invited to a video interview, you will need to make sure you’re comfortable with your surroundings and have a good internet connection. The company will inform you of which tool they will be using (Teams, Zoom, Google Meet…), be sure to install it on your computer or phone in advance.
Companies can also ask you to come directly to their offices. This type of interview can be very stressful, but it is also a good way for you to have a first impression of the office, the team, and the atmosphere of the company. The recruiter usually makes a visit to the offices and surroundings. If they don’t, don’t hesitate to ask for it, it will show interest.
5. What to do on the day of the interview?
What to wear for an interview?
You want to look your best. Wear an outfit that shows respect for the company and seriousness about the position. Going too formal is not a good idea either as it can seem stuffy. For an interview in industries like Hospitality or Real Estate, we advise you to wear something formal. For a Tech Start-up, you can come in casual clothes.
The best thing to do is to check the company website or call them and ask what type of clothes they would recommend. If you do not get a response, dress up in something nice, but not too formal.
If you are not familiar with the area, it is best to arrive at least 15 minutes early, so you have time to check in with reception and call the person who will interview you.
How to behave?
Make sure you know the name of the person who will interview you. If you don’t, ask reception as soon as you arrive.
It is important to be friendly from the moment you meet your interviewer. They need to know that you are a likeable person and that you will fit in with the rest of the team.
You should always be yourself in an interview. This means that if you are nervous, don’t try to hide it, just be honest with the employer. They want to see how you respond to questions and tasks, so if you hide who you are they won’t know what they are getting.
During the recruitment process, our consultants will advise and lead you on how to prepare for a job interview. They perfectly know the industries they are working in and their clients. At LHC, it is important for us to follow and help you from the first call to the signature of your new contract.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are looking for a new job.