Pre­pare well and win

When it comes to in­ter­views, prac­tice makes per­fect

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YOU’VE g ot the int erview — great! That means your cov­er­ing let­ter and CV stood out fr om the other can­di­dat es’ and now it’s time t o pr epare f or your in­ter­view. Here are some in­ter­view tips to help y ou se­cur e that job . Re­search what your in­ter­view­ers read Find out what they look for in a can­di­date and why they ask cer­tain ques­tions — you’re look­ing f or in­struc­tions specif­i­cally aimed at int erview­ers. It’s im­por­tant that you get inside the mind of an in­ter­viewer to un­der­stand what’s re­ally r equired. Prac­tise with a friend Ask a friend, who is also in the job mar­ket, to prac­tise with you. Take turns to play the in­ter­viewer and in­ter­vie­wee to bet­ter un­der stand w hat is needed. You’ll be sur­prised ho w c om­fort­able you be­come an­swer­ing in­ter­view ques­tions. Know the ques­tions that make you ner­vous If you’re ner­vous about an­swer­ing ques­tions about salary or why you left your last job, for ex­am­ple, it’s im­por­tant that you work out how best to an­swer them and then prac­tise them out loud again and again, un­til you’re no longer ner­vous about them. Morn­ing in­ter­views are of­ten best Most peo­ple worry about the in­ter­view all da y if it’ s in the aft er­noon, w hich makes them incr eas­ingly nerv ous. A morn­ing int erview will help y ou s tay calm and c on­fi­dent. Know who your in­ter­viewer is This helps you fig­ure out whether it’ll be a panel in­ter­view or you’ll be meet­ing with one or t wo peo­ple. It also gi ves you a chance to re­search your in­ter­view­ers.

For­get about let­ters of While all y our let ters might look im­pres­sive to you, a c on­sci­en­tious in­ter­viewer will w ant t o speak dir ectly t o your ref­er­ences and ask their own ques­tions. Ev­ery­one knows let­ters of rec­om­men­da­tion in­clude only good things — noth­ing crit­i­cal, w hich is of lit tle use to the in­ter­viewer. Only pro­vide ref­er­ences and con­tact in­for­ma­tion if the in­ter­viewer ask s. Don’t stress about the in­ter­view af­ter­wards You could drive your­self crazy think­ing about e very­thing y ou said, w hat y ou didn’t say or what you should have said. Stop sec­ond­guess­ing your­self and let it be. If you haven’t heard back from the in­ter­viewer in a week or two, follow up, but don’ t d well on it. — Ca­reers24.

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The mo st im­por­tant as­pec t o f any job int erview is that y ou’re pr epared. Prac­tise f or the int erview with a friend b y tak­ing turns t o pl ay the in­ter­viewer and int ervie­wee, t o be tter un­der stand what is needed.

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