Expert advice on what to do before a job interview
23 Feb 2021 LIFESTYLE
By Kaya FM Lifestyle
Job interviews are stressful, but they don’t need to be!
Being properly prepared for an interview takes you one step closer to securing the job of your dreams.
Knowing the best answers to the most commonly asked interview questions is a great start.
But there are other things that need to be done to ensure that you don’t jeopardise your chances of impressing the interviewers.
Brenda Bensted-Smith, CEO of the recruitment agency Ad Talent, says there are a few things that candidates should do to prepare.
Do research on the company
“Always look at their website, know who owns the company, know who their main competition is, know the products/services they offer,” says Brenda.
Doing research about the company is the best way to learn about what it does and what they look for in a candidate. It will also help you see if you are the right fit for the company.
Ensure that you know the company’s missions and values, people who hold prominent positions in the company, and any recent news about it. You can also learn the company’s culture by going through their social media pages.
Research the interviewer
Brenda also advises you to do some research on certain staff members. “Know who you are being interviewed by – do a LinkedIn search,” she says. This is one thing many people don’t do when going for a job interview, but it can help you immensely. Some companies let you know who will be interviewing you in advance. Knowing your interviewer can help you get a better idea about their interests.
Have the right information about the interview
“Make sure you have the right time, date, address and place. Double check the name and designation of the person/people you will be meeting with,” says Brenda.
It will be very embarrassing to be late for the interview or to get to the venue and not know who you are supposed to meet with. Ensuring that you are at the right venue, on time and knowing who to speak to will make you seem like an organised person.
It goes without saying that how you look affects how you feel and how people perceive you. So, it’s important that you dress appropriately for any job interview.
This might mean wearing a suit, shirt with pants or a skirt or a dress with formal shoes. If you don’t have professional clothes, it’s best to go shopping a few days before the interview, to ensure that you don’t have to stress about clothes on the day of the interview.