How to Prepare for the Most Harrowing 45 Minutes of Your Life

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So you have been called in for a job interview and you have no idea how to prepare yourself to make those 45 minutes less terrifying. While a typical interview may take up less than 45 minutes, it is still good practice to prepare in advance so that you have an idea of how you are going to present yourself to the potential employer.

Check out these 5 tips to make sure that you are ready for your next job interview:

#1 Prepare a list of most common interview questions

The most effective way to prepare for a job interview is to make a list of the questions employers are more likely to ask you. Write down the most generic and specific questions and then focus on the ones you don’t like - because they require proper justification with examples, and provide your answers.

Practice your answers to the following questions:

-       Tell me about yourself.

-       Why do you want to work for us?

-       What are your strengths?

-       What are your weaknesses?

-       Describe a situation where you had to work as part of a group.

-       Why should we hire you?

-       What are your salary expectations?

#2 Interview yourself

Before letting them interview you, ensure that you know why you want this job. Take a good look at the job description and ask yourself “Am I a good fit for this position?” or “What skills can be matched with this position?” Also, consider how this job will help you achieve your long-term career goals. For example, are you seeking work experience? By answering all these questions in your mind first, you will be able to explain to the employer why you are interested in the position in the first place.     

#3 Prepare your goals speech

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time? Don’t know yet? Employers might ask you this question during your next interview so make sure you know what your answer is going to be. List your career goals down and try to provide a clear indication as to where you see yourself in 5 years from now. For example, you could say “I see myself working as a HR assistant at a well-established and leading company as yours”. 

#4 Reflect on previous interviews

Usually, after completing a job interview, you tend to think about what went wrong. While this process can be seen as self-destructive, it can also help you learn from your previous mistakes during the interview in regards to what you should or should not do, thereby helping you to prepare for the next one.

#5 Study your resume

Memorise your resume! Most interviewers use the resume as a source for generating questions they want to ask in order to review your skills, knowledge and work experience. This helps the interviewer test your creditability with your written statements. Make sure that you review your resume and provide examples for each point you listed on the paper before attending your next interview.

If you are going to a job interview that will probably take up to at least 45 minutes, you need to make every minute count! Prepare yourself to answer the interviewers’ questions, figure out what your short and long-term goals are, memorise your resume and don’t forget to stay calm. Follow these tips and it is almost guaranteed that you will get the job.