If you want to hear the words ‘You’re Hired’, take a look at our tips on how to prepare for a job interview. 48% of employers know within the first five minutes of an interview whether a candidate is a good or bad fit, so being prepared is key.

It may seem straightforward but the best thing you can do to prepare for a job interview is to do it ahead of time and well in advance, even before you are lucky enough to be given an appointment, and this will ensure you feel self-confident, relaxed and ready to make a really good impression on your interviewer.

It’s always a good idea to make sure that you understand exactly what is required for the role you are applying for. Reading the job description and researching the company where you are applying for a position will clarify exactly what it is that will be expected of you. Have a look at their website and see what the ethos of the company is and what it is that makes them different from their competitors.

Consider why you think you are qualified to do the job you are applying for. Can you explain why you would be the best person to be employed in that particular role?

One of the most popular questions asked by interviewers is about if you have faced challenges in your previous jobs and how you tackled them. Try and give instances of particular successes that you have had or examples of achievements from your past.

Other interview questions often asked are:

Why are you leaving your current job?

What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

Employers often use psychometric tests to gain a deeper insight into your personality and to find out what motivates you, amongst other things that may not come across in an interview.

According to the Institute of Psychometric Coaching, psychometric texts are:  “a standard and scientific method used to measure individuals’ mental capabilities and behavioural style. Psychometric tests are designed to measure candidates’ suitability for a role based on the required personality characteristics and aptitude (or cognitive abilities). They identify the extent to which candidates’ personality and cognitive abilities match those required to perform the role. Employers use the information collected from the psychometric test to identify the hidden aspects of candidates that are difficult to extract from a face-to-face interview.”

You can search online for examples of psychometric tests to enable you to practice before an interview if you know you will be asked to take one.

Above all, apart from the tips above, it is important to get a good night’s sleep before your interview to ensure you are mentally alert. Relax, don’t overdo the coffee and stay focused. First impressions count, so make sure that you are looking smart and groomed; there is nothing that will make a bad impression more than the wrong clothes or an unkempt appearance.  The other thing to remember is your body language, so keep an eye on your posture and it’s also worth mentioning that handshakes do matter. Make yours firm, but not so much so that you crush your interviewer’s fingers.

Good luck!

Contact BC Training if you are interested to learn more about job interview techniques. We are here to help you.