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If you’ve got an important job interview lined up and want to ace it – don’t worry. Here are the things that you need to prepare yourself for.
Know the company
Being prepared to talk about yourself and why you think you’ll be great for the job is, well, great. But if you’re looking for something that’ll give you that edge that will make recruiters really interested, you need to know about the company. If they have a website (which most businesses will) – study it. Read about exactly what they do, what they offer, and better yet – why.
In most job specifications, they will mention DBS Checks. This was once known as a CRB Check (Criminal Records Bureau) but has now changed its name. These are required because anyone looking to hire an individual has the right to know whether that person has any convictions, reprimands, or warnings in the past, as this may be taken into consideration before making a final decision as to whether that person is suitable for the job.
What makes you the one
It’s easy to say that you think you’ll be the perfect candidate, but why? It’s important that you know about exactly what the role is, that way you can mentally apply yourself to it, and pick out all the positive reasons why you think it fits with who you are. The more detailed of a response you give (rather than a generic one), the more chance you have of being considered.
Create your hook
Most companies will interview so many people, that in order to remember them they have to look back through their notes – unless you’re one of the candidates with a hook. This is merely something that makes you stand out and be memorable. This can be anything, from what you’re wearing, to the type of personality you have. But of course, the best hook is one that is work-related. So get thinking of ways to wow your interviewer, so you rise to the top of the list.
Remember that when hiring someone, all they’re really trying to do is sieve through a number of people to find someone who they think will truly be able to represent their business. They’re not there to judge you, or make you feel uncomfortable. Any questions that are asked are all to find the best person for the job, so just be honest. And if you’re not sure about something, or don’t understand a question that you’ve been asked – just ask. They will appreciate you wanting to understand exactly what they mean, rather than you pretending to know what they’re talking about.
Last but not least – be you. When you’re unsuccessful in a job interview (which will happen!), it hurts, and it’s very easy to go into your shell and not want to put yourself out there again. But you’ll never find your dream job that way. So instead, pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and try again. Your time will come.
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