Guidelines for Interview Preparation

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The prospect of a job interview can be quite daunting for many. The key to doing a good interview is preparation. Always bear in mind that - in failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.

1. Can this person do the job?

This question is about experience, track record, achievements etc. and as you have been invited for interview your CV must show that you can do the job.

2. Will this person do the job?

This question is about your attitude and approach to work. How hard working; motivated; committed; loyal; etc are you?

3. Will this person fit in?

It really doesn't matter how good you are, unless you fit the company image and the employer fells you will work as part of the existing team, you are unlikely to get the job.

Practice your answers so that you can emphasise your positive points. Despite the common belief that talking to yourself is the first sign of madness, it is the best way of developing fluency in your speech. Talking aloud will help you formulate your answers in a coherent manner. This will help you think more clearly when the pressure of being in front of the interviewer builds. You will also feel more confident in your effort to work the interview to your advantage.

Make sure that you:

Make sure that you don't

Selling yourself at the interview - seek to show that you are

Remember an interview is a conversation, so speak naturally and be yourself.