A large percentage of applicants who failed in a job interview didn’t fail as a result of the interview itself but as a result of poor preparation before the interview. I have heard people who said they were taken unaware of certain standard of the interview process which they least expected will be necessary or relevant to be considered. The fact is this, as tough as an interview is there are ways to prepare yourself physically and mentally for it.

  • The first thing you must do is to know the necessary criteria the interviewer demand in terms of the quality they need to fill in the vacancy and you should also write down the quality you posses that are in alignment with what they demand, so that you will be able to share that information with your interviewer when you are asked. 
  • You should research the company you are applying to, to know what they do and how they do it. Do an intensive research on what they need to equip you with sufficient knowledge. This information, if well harness will enable you show to your interviewer that you are not here to just work for salary but you have what it takes to do the job professionally. The information will also help you to answer all the questions precisely and give your interviewer that you are vastly knowledgeable in that area.
  • Take time to practice previous interview questions that you can get your hands on, for it will give you a basic idea of what you will encounter during the interview.
  • Try to get enough rest or go outing with friends to enable you calm all the tensed up nerves before the interview.
  • Ensure to prepare all the materials that you will need including the dress you will wear on that day, at least two days before the interview day. Always know that looking good is good business so look good, neat and appropriate for the interview. The kind of interview you are going for would determine the kind of clothes to put on. Try to find out about the dress code of the organisation.
  • Make sure you locate the venue of the interview at least two days before the day to avoid any issues like traffic jam or the inability to locate the place on time, which will lead to you being late and possible failure to attend.
  • Ensure to find out relevant items you should carry along to the interview.
  • Knowing the proper etiquette is vital when going for an interview. Don’t forget to greet the receptionist, your interviewer and everyone you meet at the venue. It will create a good impression of you to them.
  • Try to take note of your body language, so that you will not send the wrong signal to your interviewer to avoid misunderstanding of communication. The more positive impressions you make the better you will do during the interview.
  • Know the right questions to ask your interviewer when given the chance to ask question. Let your question be mainly on how you will be able to serve and impact positively to the company. This will give the interviewer that you are willingly and ready to work for them.
  • Don’t ever speak negatively of anyone or your previous company you worked for because it creates the impression that when you leave you will definitely speak ill of them.
  • A thank you letter for the opportunity to be considered for interview will go a long way to impress the interviewer of your professionalism and your interest in their company. You can also use that medium to convene to the interviewer about more of your qualities that you possess that you were not given the chance to highlight to them.