How to Prepare for a Job Interview

In interviews, your job is to convince the employer that you have the skills, knowledge and experience for the job. It's an opportunity to show that you have positive motivation and fit to join the company.  Here are some preparation plan to do that.


1. RESEARCH THE COMPANY IN ADVANCE
Search the organization's industry profile by visiting their website. Check their mission and vision. Get perspective of the company's business and develop a question list based on the details.  This will help you stand out from other candidates.

2. ANALYZE THE JOB DESCRIPTION
As candidate, we just want to get interviewed before examining job requirements. It is important to review what the position entails - this is your chance to outline your knowledge, skills and abilities. Analyze further by comparing your qualification against the open vacancy. By this, you feel more confident when related questions are ask during interview.

3. PRACTICE AND PREPARE ANSWERS
A new trend of interview questions are taken from your CV or resume and behavioral cases. Presenting your answers in a relax manner is highly impressive. In order to meet that expectation, practice telling your answers in the best possible way, ensure that it's logical and easy to follow.  

4. WHAT TO WEAR
Dress to impress. Choose a conservative business attire is the best option, it should be neat and clean. Although it really depends on the position your applying for, ensure that it is appropriate.  It is advise to always go neutral, don't go over-dress but don't go under-dress either.

5. WHAT TO BRING
Keep copies of CV or resume along with other references mentioned - certificates and samples of your work. Don't forget to bring a pen, there are some companies that requires you to fill-up a form or a simple test.

6. BE ON TIME AND BE CONFIDENT
Come early to your scheduled time but not too early - give extra time for yourself to breath before your interview.  Project confidence, establish an eye contact, smile and use a firm handshake. Control your voice, listen and pay attention to the interviewer. Be positive at times and sit comfortably with good posture.

7. ASK QUESTIONS
Interviews often end with "Do you have any questions?" This is a good opportunity for you to ask about the company's philosophy and how they treat the employees. Prepare some sensible questions, such as:

Is there any progression plan for employees to advance their career within the company
What is the most important task to adhere in my role?

You can also ask other questions that can't be found on their websites.  Be strategic with your approach and thank the interviewer for their time.


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About the Author
RAFAEL ROXAS is an OFW and Entrepreneur. He is an active digital nomad that helps individual, start-ups and SME's establish their brand. He started the projects for Filipino community PinoyHow and FilipinoWorldwide - Q&A, training and information hub.

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