Preparing for an interview

Preparing for an interview is an essential step in getting your next job. Inadequate preparation for interviews, as well as nonchalant attitude on the part of the prospective employees contribute immensely to the woes and throes of unemployed youths today.

Below are useful tips while preparing for an interview:

Preparing for an interview

Perform a self-evaluation

This should be the very first step in the preparation process. Analyze your strengths and weaknesses, highlight your skills and values and any other individual characteristics. Good Self-awareness will allow you to communicate easily with prospective employers as regards what you can offer to the organization.

Research the company.

Most companies have websites and a social media presence where basic information can be found. Read about the company’s objectives, mission statement and business goals. Investigate facts such as the company reputation, competitors within the industry and read reviews by the employees. This ensures that you’re up to date with the company’s principles and culture as well as other information.

Interview Research.

Knowing the venue for the interview ahead of time is very important. This is necessary so directions and plans for getting there can be made appropriately. Also, make sure you have consideration for traffic and other delays when making these plans. Knowing the name and position of your interviewer is also a plus, this makes you relaxed and makes conversation among the two parties easier.

Prepare questions for the interview.

Interviewers tend to take inquisitive prospective employees more seriously. Show that you really care about this job by preparing intelligent questions about the role you’re applying for, and the organization as a whole. Ask questions about the company culture, growth schemes and employee policies.

Practice for the interview.

Research on frequently asked questions about the role you’re applying for. Practice responses to common interview questions such as; “Tell us about yourself”. “How do you handle criticism”. “Why should we hire you”. Etcetera. Don’t be in a hurry to ask about the salary so you don’t come off as money-oriented. Listen to their offers and negotiate one that works for you.

Compile your portfolio and other relevant materials.

Gather materials (such as transcripts, list of references, materials related to past educational and employment experiences).

Make sure your portfolio is well organized, highlight your name and role you are applying for clearly. Make sure relevant information are outlined in sections (skills, experience, etcetera). There are various templates and services in the internet that can help you with this for free. Most importantly, ask a colleague for a review to know what you are doing right and where you can improve.


Your appearance to the interview is really important. As the saying goes “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”, your appearance is the first thing that should command respect, to show that you are responsible and serious about the job.

– Don’t be overly casual.

-Wear formal clothes and shoes.

-Make sure your clothes are well tailored and wrinkle-free.

Maintain a good professional image.

Another thing to note is your professional image. Be mindful of what you post on your social networks as employers these days can go as far as checking your online profiles just to figure out the kind of person you are.

– Avoid the use of derogatory comments and online brawls.

– Always maintain that professional touch while interacting with people.

Do all these and you are very well on your way to securing that job!

This article was written by Lasisi, Tosin Ridwan.

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