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Succeed in the workplace
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4.1 Preparation basics

Whatever the interview type, some basic guidelines always apply:

  • Find out beforehand what the format of the interview will be – it helps to minimise anxiety if you know what to expect.
  • Check again how your skills and experience suit the job – by rereading the job information you have and what you wrote in your application form. It will build your confidence and help you to remember what points to make.
  • Try to work out the questions you might be asked and rehearse your answers.
  • Make sure that you have thought about examples from your study, work or personal life which demonstrate key skills – and memorise a few.
  • Update your research on the employer, if it has been awhile since your application was made.
  • Plan the questions you want to ask in the interview.

Once you’ve done this basic preparation put yourself in the position of the interviewer and review your application or CV. The following questions are useful ones to consider:

  • What would have attracted them to invite you for interview?
  • What are your main strengths in relation to the job?
  • Is there anything which might differentiate you positively from other applicants? Anything particularly relevant to this job or this organisation?
  • What are your main achievements?
  • What has motivated you to apply?
  • What is likely to be your strongest contribution?
  • What are your weak spots and what do you feel uncomfortable talking about?
  • Why would you not employ yourself? What convincing counter-arguments might you offer?

Then, make sure you get all the practical aspects sorted out in advance.