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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”