There are several key areas that you need to address in order to be adequately prepared for an interview, and they include the following;
Research the company and the interviewer (if possible)
Use the company’s website to find out information on their profile, values and mission statements, case studies, industry news and other bits and pieces that may be beneficial.
Thoroughly analyse the job description
Indentify the key skills that the role requires and then write down examples that highlight how you exhibit these qualities in your current and or previous employment.
Prepare questions to ask
It is important that you ask some questions at the end of an interview, but make sure that they are relevant and have not been answered already.
Prepare answers to difficult questions
Recruiters will often ask difficult questions in order to quickly separate one candidate from another, so it is vital that you are prepared for everything. Jot down a few responses to particular questions and remember the key points.
It might feel weird initially, but hearing your responses aloud allows you to pick up on particular structural elements of your answers that you otherwise may not come across. However, it is important that you do not sound rehearsed during your interview- just focus of the main points of each response.
Dress code & first impressions
You have a short period of time to make a lasting impression and first impressions are often the most important. Dress code will differ depending on the role, but if uncertain seek clarification from the recruiter. Also make sure that you remember the interviewer’s name and use it when you can, as well as being formal and polite throughout the interview.