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1.      Research the company

·       Read any “About Us” page they have to learn more about their mission, vision, values and work culture/history.

·       What are their products and services.

·       Who are their competitors and where do they stand in the market.

 

2.      Practice makes perfect

·       Respond to common interview questions in the mirror to see how you look and sound answering questions.

·       Get a family member or friend to interview you for practice, even when you are not actively job seeking. Communication is a skill and needs to be exercised.

·       Repetition makes situations feel more comfortable.

 

3.       Think about your past roles

·       Relate your past experiences to the new job tasks so that you can position yourself as the ideal candidate.

·       Knowing how your experience will help you in this role portrays confidence.                                                                                                                

 

4.      Plan your route

·       Planning your route to the interview helps you to calm your nerves and prepare for the interview.

·       Checking bus schedules and planning ahead will help you to arrive on time.

 

5.       Print your documents

·       Print copies of your resume & references for each interviewer

·       Print a copy of your documents for yourself as well to make it easy to explain your experience.

·       Print your portfolio if it is applicable to the job you are interviewing for.

 

6.      Study common interview questions

·       Know how you would respond to many questions so some are not a shock. Knowing how to answer something makes you feel relaxed.

·       People tend to do better when they feel prepared so feel free to give yourself an edge.

 

Common interview question:

  • “Tell me about a time where you encountered conflict and how you dealt with it?”
  • “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
  • “Describe a time where you didn’t agree with your supervisor’s decision, and what you did about it?”
  • “Why do you want this job?”
  • “Tell me about a challenge or conflict you've faced at work, and how you dealt with it.”

 

7.       Relax!

·       There is a lot of pressure you put on yourself before an interview. Try to relax.

·       Give yourself words of affirmation. Be positive and boost your confidence before being interviewed.

·       Take deep breaths or do meditation that calms you.

·       Enter the interview with positivity and always be yourself!