How to prepare for a Job Interview – 31 Day Challenge / Day 14

How to prepare for a Job Interview Naomi Mc Laughlan

Today I would like to share with you a presentation I initially produced for my BA (Hons) Business and Marketing course assignment, and which I believe may be helpful for you, your family members or friends in the preparation for a job interview. So please share it with your loved ones, if you think it may aid in their search for a new adventure in 2016.

Video Transcript

Hello and welcome, my name is Naomi Mc Laughlan. In this short video I will explore how we can prepare ourselves for a job interview.

Powers (2010) believes “An effective job hunter is someone who is out there in the marketplace actively looking for a new opportunity—with knowledge, with energy, and with focus.”

According to Graduate Prospects Ltd. (2015) “There are several different types of interviews.

–           Telephone – Initial employer call that eliminates candidates based on essential criteria. Successful applicants are usually invited to the one-to-one stage.

–           Video – Whether through Skype, FaceTime or YouTube, this type of interview is increasingly popular for graduate roles in sales, media and marketing. They’re usually held during the initial screening process.

–           One-to-one – Face-to-face encounter with one interviewer, after the organisation decides that you’ve got what it’s looking for. They’re usually formal, but can also take place over lunch. You could also be interviewed by different people at different times.

–           Panel – Similar to one-to-one interviews, except two or more people – often from different parts of the organisation – will be assessing you at the same time.

–           Group – Multiple candidates are interviewed together. They’re           asked questions in turn, or discuss certain topics.

–           Assessment centres – These involve tasks including presentations, written tests, and group, role-play and in-tray exercises. They’re used to assess a candidate’s performance in a range of situations, and last between one and three days. You’ll appear alongside several other candidates.”

Before the interview, it is vital to find out as much as you can about the organisation, for example sector, size, number of employees and relevant news about the firm and the person’s name and position who has invited you to the interview.

Make sure you know how to get to the organisation, and leave home early enough to avoid being late for your appointment. You might want to take a bottle of water and a small snack. Prepare all your documents in advance, including your CV or Resume, certificates, application form, photo ID, and keep them all organised in a folder. Take a pen and notebook, as it may become useful. You may want to prepare a small card or similar on which you write questions you may want to ask.  And overall make sure you ‘Dress to impress’, rather than taking a too casual approach, as Higgins (2013) advises “Prepare your interview outfit: shine the shoes and plan grooming things like getting a haircut. Dressing well can increase your confidence as well as boosting your professional image.”

Finally, practice your job interview with a family member, friend or associate. You can record the interview mock session on your smart phone as video or just audio, which will allow you to review your responses and adjust them accordantly if necessary.

During the interview;

–           Try to stay calm

–           Greet the person with a firm handshake

–           Answer all questions truthfully

–           Ask everything you would like to know about the requirements of                  the job

–           Pause and think, as it is good to acknowledge that you’ll need a few               moments  for consideration

–           Avoid talking bad about your last employment, but give a plausible                 reason why you are looking for a new opportunity

–           Show general interest in the role, team and organisation

–           If the interview is telephone based or via Skype, for example, make              sure you are undisturbed and your lighting is good (Higgins, 2013).

After the interview evaluate and consider what has worked well and what you would do differently next time. If you are invited for a second interview you can use the same techniques as we already discussed, but pay special attention to the requirements the interviewer may have for it, for example preparing a presentation or presenting your work portfolio.

Lastly, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (2012) explains “It’s normal to feel nervous when you have an interview because you want to do your best. If you prepare and practise you can get the better of your nerves and give yourself the best chance of getting the job.”

I hope this presentation has inspired you to prepare well before your next job hunt.

How do you usually prepare yourself for a job interview? What do you think is the most important part of the preparation? Would you add anything to my findings, or would you like to disregard something?

Let me know what you think.

All the Best & Speak to you tomorrow,

Naomi xxx


Graduate Prospects Ltd. (2015) Interview tips: How to prepare for an interview. Online at [accessed 4 August 2015]

Higgins, M (2013) Job interview preparation: an essential checklist. Online at [accessed 4 August 2015]

Powers, P (2010) Winning Job Interviews. Franklin Lakes, NJ : Career Press.  Online at [access via ebscohost platform] [accessed 4 August 2015]

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (2012) Preparing for an interview. Online at [accessed 4 August 2015]



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