How to prepare for your job interview

How to prepare for a job interview

You did it! You finally landed that interview for that job you really want! But, how do you prepare for it?  Here are our top tips to prepare for your interview!

Tip: Practice!

Practice the most commonly asked interview questions. Some examples of these questions are “Tell me about yourself”, “What are your strengths and weaknesses”, “Why should we hire you and not someone else”. The chances are high that at least one of these questions will be asked during the interview, so having practiced an answer to these questions is a way to give you a head start. You can also look into the so-called STAR-questions, in which the interviewer wants you to describe a specific situation that was problematic and see how you resolved this situation. An example of a STAR-question is for example “Tell me about a time when you had a stressful situation, and how did you resolve it”? This gives the interviewers insight in your problem-solving skills and your way of thinking.

Tip: Visit the company’s website

Most companies have an “about us” page that tells you the story behind the company and it’s employees, to provide you with a better understanding of what the company stands for. Secondly, it informs you about the company culture, hierarchy and most of all, their company values. Mentioning some of these values during the interview and how you personally can contribute to these values shows that you have done your homework, but moreover that you are a good fit for the role. If you know who you will have the interview with, look up the people so you are aware of their previous work experience and education. Maybe you will even have something in common, so that is another topic to break the ice during the actual interview!



Tip: Dress appropriately

You have visited the company’s website to prepare, so you now have a good impression of the company culture. Adjust your outfit accordingly, but always look representable. If the work environment is casual, then dress casual, but smart. If you are unsure, plan your outfit the day before the interview. If you have doubts about what to wear, ask feedback from friends or family.

Tip: Prepare prepare prepare!

Prepare for the type of interview that you will have, but make sure you are ready at least 10 minutes before the interview starts. If you have a phone interview, make sure your phone is switched on and turn the volume on too. If it is a Skype interview, it is good to test it out prior to the interview to make sure there are no technical difficulties and choose a neutral background. If you are having an in-person interview, be on time. Prior to the interview, find out where the location is and look up how to get there, to prevent surprises.

Of course, you can always ask us at Multilingual Jobs Worldwide to help you prepare. We can always come up with some screening questions, go over the job description once more and come up with practical advice!


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