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Introduction


What can you do to succeed in interviews? There is no easy answer. An interview is a very personal experience, and everyone experiences it differently. Some people find interviews easy, while others find them incredibly stressful. But there are things you can do that will help to give you the best possible chance of success. This practical guide will help you prepare for an interview so that you’ll feel in control and confident about presenting yourself in your best light when the day arrives.




Stay Calm and Confident


  • Stay calm and confident. Remember that the interviewer is testing your ability to make a good impression, not your ability to answer a million questions in an hour.

  • Don't let nerves get the better of you. If you're uneasy because this is your first interview or you're worried about getting rejected, try focusing on one thing that makes you excited about the job and telling yourself this repeatedly until it sinks into your brain.

  • Don’t let interviewers see you as overly nervous or scared of them; this could cause them to think that they could order around someone who isn’t comfortable with themselves yet! Instead, try to be calm during the interviews - even if it means taking deep breaths before answering essential questions like “Why do you think we should hire YOU instead of SOMEONE ELSE?” And never forget: They want to help people succeed!



Get organised


You should arrive at the interview early, but not too early. We recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your interview in case you get lost, or there is traffic on the way. This will also give you time to relax and prepare for what might be one of the most critical conversations of your life!


Make sure you have all of your documents ready beforehand. You need to bring a copy of your resume, as well as references (if asked for), an extra copy of any requested paperwork such as proof that you have a degree or certification, etc.; just make sure these are organized neatly in a folder so that they cannot get lost during the interview process.

If possible, practice interviewing before going into this very important event! It'll help alleviate some stress when meeting new people who may seem intimidating initially; however, don't worry too much if this isn't possible given the deadlines associated with having interviews set up - just remember how important everything comes together perfectly on this day.



Sleep well the night before.

  • Sleep well the night before.

  • Don't worry; you will be fine.

  • Don't forget to eat a good meal before bed.

  • Try to get to bed early so you are well-rested for your interview!



Learn from any previous interviews you’ve had, both the good and bad ones



It's a good idea to learn from any previous interviews you've had, both the good and bad ones.

When preparing for an interview, it's essential to be prepared for anything. Be sure to go over your resume in detail to ensure there are no mistakes or inconsistencies that could cost you the job. If there are any typos or typing errors, these should be corrected as soon as possible! It also makes sense to review your past work history with a fine-toothed comb—if someone has told HR that they don't think they got along well with one of your previous co-workers, now is not the time for them to come out of nowhere with their opinion on a topic like this!




Make notes for your interview

  • Make notes for your interview.

  • Before you go in, take some time to research the company and the job description and make notes about it. This will help you prepare for questions at the interview that relate to what they are looking for in an employee. Also, make sure to think of any questions that you would like to ask beforehand so that they can be answered during the course of your discussions with them.



Think about questions you want to ask the employer


The interviewer will likely ask you a question or two at the end of the interview. Think about questions you want to ask the employer, too. It's essential to remember that this isn't like an exam where you can get 100 per cent of the answers right. You can still do well even if your questions aren't perfect, but it does help if your questions show some thought and preparation on your part.


Some examples:

  • "What challenges might a person in this position face?" This will give you insight into what challenges the company faces regularly, how they handle them, and whether it's something that would be fun for you or not so much fun for you (you'd have no control over it).

  • "Could I see my potential coworkers? Or maybe spend time with one?" This gives both sides an idea of what it would be like working together every day—if we're compatible now, imagine how much better things could be after six months! If not so much… well, maybe there's another job for me somewhere else."



Conclusion


You’ll never know what to expect in an interview, but with these tips, you’ll be prepared for whatever comes your way. The important thing is to stay calm, confident and optimistic. If you can do that—and if you follow the other suggestions on this list—you should be able to ace any job interview.


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