So you got an interview, but you’re not sure how to prepare? The first thing you should do is research the company and the job you’re applying for. Find out everything you can about the company, this will be easier for a large company than a small business. The company’s website is a great place to start.
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Once you’ve found out more information, you can start to work out how the job you’re applying for fits in to the bigger picture. How does the job you’re applying for help the company achieve its goals?
Look at the job description and try to work out how your strengths and experiences match the tasks required for the job. For example if the job description says “Must be able to work in a team” think of a time when you had to work with others to achieve a goal. Some good examples are working on a group assignment, playing in a sports team or playing in the school band. Check out preparation tips at Youth Central.
Once you have done some research it’s time to practice answering interview questions. Make a list of typical interview questions. There are some great ones on the Youth Central website. Then work out the strengths and experiences you have that you can talk about for each question. Then ask a parent, friend or teacher to have a practice interview with you.
Think about your body language as well as answering the questions. Try to maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Try not to fidget or slouch, this can make you seem nervous.
Make sure you arrive early for the interview, you don’t want to be stressing out because you’re running late! You should wear the type of outfit you would wear if you got the job (if you’re not sure what to wear dress a bit more formally). Make sure you look well groomed (don’t show up looking like you haven’t showered for a week!). Be confident and enthusiastic!
The interviewer will usually ask you if you have any questions at the end of the interview, try to think of one or two beforehand. This will make you look interested and engaged.
The most important thing is to be yourself!