Have an interview coming up, but not sure how to prepare for it? No worries, I have just what you need to nail your next interview.


1. Research/Know the Company

There's nothing worse than a potential employee showing up to an interview unprepared, and knowing nothing about the company they are interviewing for. Interviewers want you to know about the company and to have done your research ahead of time. They will ask you questions about the company to gauge your level of understanding about what they as a company do. If you have not done your research, you can watch that spot go bye bye. 

2. Show Up Early!

As an interviewee, it is imperative that you show up early to your interview appointment. The recommended time is to show up 15 minutes early. If you are unfamiliar with the location of your interview, or if this is your first time at that specific location, I would recommend planning to show up 30 minutes ahead of schedule. This way you will surely be early and on time for your interview. Employers take time to interview candidates so you want to make sure you show up on time. 

If you have a web-chat interview scheduled, prepare in the same manner. Have everything you need downloaded and ready for your interview via webcam, 15-30 minutes ahead of time. 

3. Come Professionally

Do not assume that the casualness of a company means you can show up casually to an interview. Always come dressed appropriately and professionally. Ladies, if you choose to wear a dress or a skirt, wear the appropriate hosiery underneath. Gentleman, if you choose to dress business professionally, a suit is the most presentable. Business professional is preferred, however, business casual can also work for some employers on interviewing day. I believe in showing up like you own the place, so choose wisely. 

4. The STAR Method

If you are unfamiliar with the STAR method approach to interviewing, allow me to explain it to you. (Situation, Task, Action, Result). Most interviewers will ask you situational questions to gauge your level of problem solving and to see how you handle tough situations. When you answer these types of questions, they are looking for you to state the situation, identify the task, explain your plan of action, and elaborate on your results. They want a detailed, yet straight to the point answer- one that shows off your strengths. If you are not use to answering these types of situational questions, I would suggest having a friend or family member ask you similar questions so that you can practice using the STAR method.

5. Body Language

Body language is a very essential part of interviewing. The interviewer can tell your reaction to a certain question before you even open your mouth. Practice answering tough interview questions with your friends so you get use to being put on the spot. You want to be relaxed and poised at your interview, not sweating through your clothes. 

6. Show Up As Yourself

I know the most cliche thing to say is to "be yourself". But this is true. Interviewers are looking for individuality. Contrary to popular belief, employers don't want to hire robots. They want to hire people who are going to help the company evolve. They're looking for problem solvers and out of the box thinkers. If you show up trying to be someone you're not, or answering questions the way you think they might like it to be answered- you will miss the point and possibly the position. You don't want to sabotage your chances of getting the job because you showed up pretending to be someone you're not. If the job is meant for you, you will get it. 

7. Ask Questions

As a potential employee, it is also your job and responsibility to interview the employer. You want to come prepared with questions ready to ask the interviewer about the job position. Interviewers look for this as well. They are looking to see which candidate is really interested in the position they are interviewing for. So come prepared ready to learn- and you learn by asking questions. Your questions should be based on what you have already researched about the company, what you have gathered from the interview, and what has not yet already been answered.  

8. Say Thank You

I learned this tip from a Google article I read awhile back. After an interview, an extra tip is to send a thank you note or card. Or even send a thank you email, thanking the interviewer for taking the time out to interview you and answer any questions you may have had. This will not necessarily grant you the position, but it will however help you to stand out from the crowd. 


And there you have it ladies and gentleman- a sure proof way on how to nail your next interview. 

Never underestimate your ability to make an impression. You may not get the job you went in and interviewed for, but you never know who was watching you, and who might have sourced your name to another employer who might call you looking to hire you. 


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Published by Crystal Ngumezi