In this exclusive article from Go Zambia Jobs we explain how you should prepare for job interviews.
1. Be an interview athlete
Successful athletes prepare in advance in order to perform when it matters. Their success is an accumulation of hard-work, practice and preparation. The same should apply to you when attending a job interview.
2. Prepare smart
There is no point spending hours researching a particular subject or topic if there is little chance it will be raised during the interview. You should be able to find out what you need to prepare from the information provided in the job advert and from your own research into the role and organisation.
Remember to prepare what to wear and how you to travel to the interview venue in advance. Do not leave this until the day of the interview – you do not want to arrive incorrectly dressed, late or at the wrong location.
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3. Understand the scoring system
Many employers prepare a list of identical questions that are asked to each candidate during the job interview. Each question will give the candidate the chance to score points based on a set criteria. In theory the candidate who scores the highest amount of points will be offered the job. Try to think of the job interview as a test and think about what questions you might be asked and how you could answer them to score the most marks. Remember to answer all questions and try to avoid false modesty that could cost you marks.
You can discover more useful information in these articles:
- Top 10 interview questions and answers
- How to sell your skills at interviews
- 7 amazing interview tips
- 5 questions to ask at a job interview
- 5 stories to prepare for job interviews
Practice job interviews are great way to find out what areas you are comfortable with and what areas require improvement. They can be extremely useful as they help you to verbalize your answers, think about your body language, gain feedback on your performance and increase your confidence in interview situations.
You can find out more about preparing for job interviews at:
- How to train for job interviews
- How to overcome interview nerves
- 5 tips for telephone of video interviews
- How to improve your non-verbal communication skills
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