How to prepare for a job interview

Job interviews can be scary. Many jobseekers are not sure how to prepare for interviews, what to wear or what to say. Many employers contact us to say that jobseekers were not prepared for the interview, so they failed.

Below we give you ten important interview tips to help you pass your next job interview!

  1. Read about the company and the position before you go for the interview. Make sure you understand what the job requires. You should be able to explain why you are interested and qualified in the job
  1. Make sure you know where the interview is- use google maps if you’re not sure where it is. Make sure you know how to get there. If you don’t have your own car, find out which taxi to take and how long the journey will be
  1. Bring your CV, your ID book, a copy of your matric/diploma/degree (if applicable) and details of references. This will make it easier for the interviewer to make a decision
  1. Dress smart
    • Men- wear a shirt, formal trousers and shoes. Make sure your shoes are polished. Make sure you shave unless you wear a beard for religious reasons
    • Women- wear a neat dress, formal suit or formal pants. Don’t wear clothes that are too revealing or low cut. Keep hair neat and nails clean
  1. Arrive 15 minutes before the interview. Try not to arrive too early. Definitely do NOT arrive late
  1. Give a firm handshake. Many interviewers will reject candidates with a limp handshake
  1. Smile and introduce yourself! Interviewers usually make their decision within the first five minutes of the interview, so the first impression is critical
  1. Sit upright, look the interviewer in the eye and speak clearly. The interviewer will judge your body language and the way you communicate
  1. Ask questions at the end of the interview. Asking questions shows that you are interested in the job. But DON’T ask about the salary or working hours- that doesn’t leave a good impression
  1. Say that you want the job! After the interview, tell the interviewer that you enjoyed meeting them, that you are very interested in the job and that you hope to hear from them soon

Hopefully these tips will help you do better at your next interview!

But remember that interviewing is like any other skill- the more practice you have, the better you will become. So don’t feel bad if you fail an interview. Use it as a learning experience and try again!

Good luck with your job interviews!

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