How to prepare for a job interview

Am going to show you how to nail that job interview and actually get your dream job. The job you thought was impossible to attain.

Having been interviewed several times (and passed) and having also been part of an interviewing board, I have gained some insights and am going to share with you some of the observations I have made with time.

Ground work

Usually, the moment you are invited for an interview, you are already 50% on your way to getting that dream job. It means you took your time,  applied for the job and  convinced the company/organisation to actually give you a shot in the interview. You have already done all this ground work.

You have to be prepared for anything. Not the kind of helmet/body armor anything but you have to be prepared and this is what am going to show you how to do in the sections below.

Preparing for that job interview

If you do the following, the chances are that you are going to outshine all the other people being interviewed and you will most likely be picked out of the crowd.

  1. Research the organisation

    This is the first and very important step. It is actually better that you first do considerable research on the organisation even before you send in that application for the job.
    You already have an invitation to an interview, let’s say you had already done some research on the company. Well, do some more. Get to understand what this company stands for, know their vision , mission and values. Trust me this information will come in handy. Even if they don’t ask you during the interview, your brain will feel prepared and that’s quite important

  2. Research the interviewers

    Am sure after you handed in that application, you became anxious for a while. Maybe days, or weeks. Then one day your anxiety was ended with an email or a phone call or …name it. Whoever ended your anxiety, also happened to introduce themselves.

    Remember this. Check them out on LinkedIn and other social media. Learn about the things they like and what kind of people they are  from their Instagram. Visit the company website, look at the senior management some of whom will most probably be interviewing and remember their names and titles.

    During the interview be sure to address people by their surname and appropriate title and trust me you will be viewed as a serious, smart and confident person. This is important if you intend to get that job.

  3. Ready your original academic documents

    Shortly after finishing college, I attended a certain interview with a reputable non-governmental organisation. I was being interviewed by four people. I felt that I had answered every question that was thrown at me. It lasted almost an hour and with each minute that passed, I felt more and more confident because I was answering every question right.

    Until the last minute when they asked for my original academic documents. He said in a crystal clear voice “So Davis, let us have a look at your original academic documents” and my heart sunk. In the email they had sent me, they had specified to come with original documents and I had not bothered to read that. I had come with photocopies of my documents!

    I tried to reason it out with them but it was too late, I had become automatically disqualified. Lesson learnt here is that you should read/ listen to every kind of communication carefully. Most importantly come with your original documents even if it was not indicated because some interviewers may just assume that this is obvious.

  4. Dressing for the day

    There is an issue here. Should you put on your best dress or your best suit and tie? The trick is to look as formal as you can but not too formal and also try to put on something that will allow you to be comfortable.

    When you are  comfortable, you will be more confident. Avoid shouting colors like orange and instead go for more neutral colors like grey.

  5. Prepare a few questions

    In all the interviews I have been a part of, there is always that point in time when they ask you if you have any questions. Saying you don’t have any question at all may come off as timid and uninteresting .

    Your safest bet is to ask a question or two. You can ask about when you should expect feedback, or you can ask how a typical day is at that company, but for God’s sake ask something.

  6. Don’t forget breakfast

    It is very important that you eat before going for the interview. The brain uses alot of energy from the food you eat and you don’t want your brain lacking in energy while on the hot interview seat. You basically need to have all your faculties at top performance.

    So have a reasonable breakfast (interviews are usually before noon). Your meal should contain a good balance of proteins and carbohydrates. Do not over eat though.

  7. Arrive in time

    If the job interview is at 11:00am, be sure to arrive at-least 30 minutes before then. Be nice to the people you meet in this place. Say hello to the receptionist. And as you wait for the interview to begin, do not use your phone for social media. It can wait. Actually switch off your phone. The last thing you want is for it to ring in the middle of the interview process…oops!

  8. Be confident

    You have done everything I have told you. There is no better preparation you are going to do at this point, so relax. You got this.

    What is the worst possible thing that is going to happen? Ask yourself. Walk in confidently and keep eye contact. Do not sit before you are told to do so. If you are carrying anything e.g a bag, do not place it on the table or chair unless you are told to do so.

    Try to feel as free as you can. Speak slowly even if you already anticipated the questions, breathe in before you speak and do not rush through your words, no mumbling. Avoid filler words, like, um. Everything is going to be okay after-all.

Thank me later.