The great Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Preparation helps you plan for success. Prior to your interview, provide yourself with ample amount of time to craft your answers. This allows you to gather your thoughts and helps you put together a well worded answer.
Here we list a few important things to keep in mind while preparing your answers for a job interview:
- Know who you are: Employers often ask about the things listed on your resume, so do not be surprised. Employers need to know you well beyond just a few written words. Remember, do not simply repeat what you have on your resume; instead you must be able to explain everything you have stated in more detail. Take this opportunity to express your communication skills and craft your answers accordingly.
- Be original – chances are that you are not the only one who “fished” for answers on Google to possible interview questions. Other candidates might have had the same idea. Moreover, employers can tell whether you are being honest or just reciting something you read off of google earlier that day, so it is always wise to be original and to personalize your answers.
- Read and understand the job description – You should be aware of the qualities that an employer is looking for in an individual. It is important to script your answers according to what the employer needs for the position.
- Be honest – Lying or exaggerating your skills might get you the job, but that’s as far as it will take you. The quality of your work will speak louder than your words.
- Practice, practice, practice – The best way to prepare yourself for an interview is to practice your answers in front of the mirror. By doing this, you can pay attention to your expressions and evaluate how well you are able to deliver.You must practice until you feel confident with your statements but also keep in mind not to memorize these statements. Memorizing your answers can make you sound monotonous and stiff. The conversation with your interviewer must sound natural.
- What you have to offer – It is important to distinguish between your skills. Identify the skills required by the position you are applying for and focus on those.
For example, you might be an internationally well known baker but how is that of use to an employer who is looking for a bakery manager? You must clearly define what you have to offer and relate it back to the position in interest. Here, instead on focusing on how well you bake, you must focus on your management and people skills.
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