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How to prepare for a job interview

  • Country: Gambia
  • Wizz Africa sectors: General information, Business, Education and training, Legal and law
  • Listed: August 5, 2017 10:43 am
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How to prepare for a job interview?
After successfully submitting your application and your resume you are invited for a job interview. This means you stood out from the other applicants and now it is up to you to ensure that during the interview you present yourself even better than with your application letter. You need to sell your skills, your expertise and your personality in order to get the job. Let Afritrada.com help you!

In a few simple steps we want to get you ready for that important interview.

1. Prepare yourself.
This means knowing where the interview will take place, how to get there and especially also how long will it take you to get there. Arriving late or just on time will mean less chances of getting the job; or even being told that they can no longer do the interview with you. Ensure that you are properly dressed in line with the job you are applying for. No use wearing high heels when the job you applied for involves a lot of walking. Same applies for make-up, your hair etc. Be representative of yourself and your future employer.
If prior to the interview you are asked to bring for instance your diplomas with you, make sure you have copies which you can leave behind.

2. Make sure you know facts about the company.
Maybe you know someone that works there or has worked there. Ask him/her for background information. Show knowledge about the product or services that the company is offering/producing. How long has the company been in existence etc. You can sometimes find a lot of information on the internet.

3. Do not only have eyes or interest in the person doing the interview.
A common mistake is to ignore or be unfriendly to the receptionist or other staff you might meet prior to the interview. If you arrive for an interview and you are not polite to the receptionist, or others then later he/she might comment about that to the person who interviewed you. As a matter of etiquette you need to be courteous and polite to everybody you meet or are presented to.

4. Switch of your mobile phone.
Make sure your mobile phone or any other electronic devices are switched off prior and during your interview. It will create distraction and if you are unable to disregard your mobile it may seem that you have more interest for your mobile instead of the interview.

5. Make matches.
Find information about the company or the job that match perfectly well with you and/or your skills. Create a list of at least 5 skills that you have that are essential for the job you are applying for. For instance you can refer to your current or previous job when you did something exceptionally well and that will also be outstanding in your new job.

6. Prepare yourself for general questions.
One of the most asked questions during an interview is ‘Tell me about yourself’ and ‘talk me through your resume’. Already know what you want to say, ensure that it matches your application but also that you tell them more to trigger interest. Always start with something strong to tell about yourself. Examples are: ‘I have a 15 year background in accounting and have been responsible for various aspects like debtors, creditors and reconciliations’ or ‘by working in an international environment I have grown accustomed to various cultures and traditions, learned to understand them so that I can easily adapt to changing circumstances’. After this opening statement you tell them about your professional work ethics but you can also bring personal touches like. ‘I go jogging 3 times a week to have a change of environment and to reflect on the prior days’.

7. Be relaxed.
Being nervous during in interview is natural but it does not need to show. If you are well prepared you will be more relaxed. Also remember: there is no need to answer each question in the blink of an eye. Sometimes you need a bit of time to think how to formulate an answer. If you don’t understand the question, better to ask if they can repeat it than giving a wrong answer. If you need time to compose yourself, you can repeat part of the question. For example: ‘When a situation arises when a colleague cannot assist me in meeting a deadline I would……’
If you don’t know the answer to a question, be honest about it and admit it rather than making up an answer.

8. Don’t speak about salary unless the interviewer brings it up.
Although off course you would like to know what salary the job will be paying plus any other benefits you might get, this is something that is usual not discussed during a first interview. Should your future employer bring it up, just consider it as a plus and don’t give it too much attention. You would not want to create an impression you only want the job for the money.

9. Make a list of things you want to know.
Maybe there are things you would like to know about the job or the company. There is a good chance they will be discussed during the interview, but it is good to prepare yourself to find out information that is important to you. As you also have a choice after the interview to decide if you still want the job or not.
In general you will be asked if there is any information you would like to get about the company or the job. Be prepared, because sometimes they will leave certain aspects out of the interview in order to see if you have really looked into the company. As an example, you applied for a job with a company that has multiple branches, but nothing is mentioned about where you might be working. Then you can ask; for example ‘would I be working from the head office or from one of your branches?’ This will show to the interviewer that you clearly took interest in the company.
Or you can ask about the next step. For instance; ‘when can I expect a notification for the second round of interviews’? This shows you are confident about your interview and are eager to get the job.

10. Do a follow up after the interview
A day after the interview send a thank you email or letter to the company, thanking them for the interview and restate in short why you want this particular job. Should there be any outstanding answers or questions then you can included them in your message. Usually a few days after the first round of interviews a review is done and decisions are made on who will be called in for the final round of interviews.

Good luck!

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