What is the best way to prepare for an interview?
Coming well prepared for an interview can be a tricky task. Ken Harbourne, managing director of Wallace Myers, gives us a few tips on how to succeed in Kristof Kolodzinsky's podcast.
1. Make a good first impression
Making a bad first impression will probably plummet your chances of getting the job that you want. Here are a few basics that need to be on point for your first meeting with an interviewer.
• Keep a strong eye contact
• Dress in a conservative way
• For video interviews, have a sober background.
• Be well groomed
2. Find what your interviewer is looking for
Sometimes, people tend to go through their all CV and focus too much on what they have accomplished in the past. If you find what the recruiter needs, then you can tailor the interview and your focus on that. It might not be on the job specs, but if you understand what they are looking for, they will have much more interest in you.
A good idea would be to go through all the job requirements line by line. Then find a practical example on how you would perform for the task that is required. That way, instead of waiting to be asked competency-based question, you can jump in in the conversation, which will make you look more spontaneous and experienced.
A good way to structure your answer could be using the STAR model. If you are not familiar with it, here is a link explaining how it works: "STAR Model"
3. Do thorough research on the company
Of course, knowing the company you are applying for is crucial, but it is not enough. You must look at the broader company. Who is in the company, where are they coming from? LinkedIn can be a very wonderful tool to understand what the company looks like. You can usually understand the culture of the company by looking at the profile of a few employees. A lot of companies talk about diversity, but they tend to always hire similar profile (similar age/style). Looking at the background of those employees can be a powerful tool to help you understand what the company is looking for.
Want to know more about this subject? Check out the podcast of Kristof Kolodzinski here: "How a recruiter can help you land your ideal job"