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Top 10 ways you can prepare for a job interview

The days and hours leading up to a job interview can be stressful.

What you may be surprised to learn is that even the smartest and most qualified job seekers spend time preparing for their job interviews. The answer for this is simple: Interviewing well is a skill, and as such it requires time and practice to develop.

Given there are no second chances when making a first impression, review our top 10 ways to prepare for a job interview below:

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Top 10 ways you can prepare for a job interview

  1. 1. Preparing For Your Job Interview. The Top 10 Ways You Can Prepare For Your Next Job Interview.
  2. 2. 1. Research the company and it’s background.
  3. 3. Grab your laptop and spend half an hour researching the company you’re considering. Have they been in the news or won any awards recently? Show off by sharing this in your interview!
  4. 4. 2. Prepare some questions for your interviewer.
  5. 5. Based on your research in point 1, have a few pre-formed questions ready to ask that show you’ve put some interest in. This shows initiative, and almost every interviewer will respond well to this.
  6. 6. 3. Practice with a friend.
  7. 7. Though it may sound silly to practice a job interview, you might be surprised how things sound when you say them out loud with another person in the room.
  8. 8. 4. Anticipate key questions.
  9. 9. Based on the type of job you’re applying for, try to think about what sorts of questions they’ll ask. Again, do some research online to determine if the company has any values, mission statement, etc.
  10. 10. 5. Have some great clothes ready.
  11. 11. First impressions count. If you’re coming from the gym, yoga, or just rolled out of bed, your employer will notice. Make sure you have what you want to wear planned out well in advance of the interview.
  12. 12. 6. Get mentally fit.
  13. 13. Get your mind, body, and spirit into the game. Engage in positive self talk, get in a few good workouts in the days leading up to the interview and visualize things going great. Be positive!
  14. 14. 6. Turn off your cell phone.
  15. 15. Bings, beeps, and buzzes can be a disruption and can be very off putting to your interviewer. Leave your phone behind if you can. If you absolutely must keep you phone on, explain to the interviewer why this might be necessary.
  16. 16. 9. Keep things simple and short.
  17. 17. Avoid rambling on and on about your life, your career, your pets…you name it. By have a framework of how you want to answer certain questions planned out in advance, you can keep your answers concise, and on point.
  18. 18. 9. What don’t you want to be asked?
  19. 19. Write out answers to the questions you don’t want to be asked. By having a very well formed idea of what you want to say to the ‘hard’ questions, you are increasing your chances of staying relaxed.
  20. 20. 10. Practice your nonverbal communication.
  21. 21. Here’s where you can really demonstrate your confidence. Stand straight, make eye contact and connect with a good, firm handshake. This brief but critical nonverbal impressions can often make or break your interview.
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