10 Must-Haves Before Your Next Interview

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Any interview, whether the first, third or tenth, is an unnerving moment that can leave even the best of us perturbed. This is a moment you are supposed to bring your A-game because you need to convince the interviewers that you are the perfect fit. Such pressure to perform is known to take a toll on most people on the edge and interfere with their performance.

It doesn’t have to be the case for you. Successful interviews require preparation, research and mental preparedness. Here are 10 interview must-haves to get you ready for your next interview.

Understand the Types of Interviews and How to Ace Them

Over time, interview methodologies have become more varied as employers and HR professionals implement strategies to get qualitative and quantitative data on candidates. This means that you should be aware of and ready for any type of interview. As you send out your CV, ensure you have an inkling of what to expect. Here are the current types of interviews to expect from different companies in different industries. 

Know the Common Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

While each interview is unique and specific to a company and industry, you will find yourself answering similar questions or versions of common interview questions. What you need to remember about these questions is that you shouldn’t memorize the answer. We have provided an explanation of what each question means, what the interviewer is looking for and how to approach it. Find the full list of interview questions here. 

Questions to Ask and Not to Ask in an Interview

Did you know that you must ask questions in an interview? The short interaction session you have to talk about your experience and skills is usually not enough for you to understand the full scope of the role, the company’s culture and other important information about the company that make this employer ideal. This is why you must ask questions when the interview is almost done. You have to ensure that the way you frame these questions and what you say paints you in a good light and highlights your strengths. Here is how to ask questions in an interview.

Beware of the Hardest Interview Question

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When asked in an interview to talk about our weaknesses, it throws us off balance. Mainly because an interview should be the place to highlight your strengths and why you are perfect for the job. So why is someone asking you to tell them your weakness? Why would a panel ask about a weakness yet the candidate is here to show them just how well they fit into the role they cut out? Shouldn’t they concentrate more on why a candidate is right and not why they are wrong for the role? Read this article to understand why this question is asked and how you should go about it. 

Turn the Interview from an Interrogation to a Conversation

As you go for an interview, you have prepared to the best of your knowledge and are a bit nervous. You are even scared of saying something wrong and ruining your chances. To make it easier for yourself, try turning the interview session from a question and answer to a discussion. Here is how to achieve that

How to Dress When Going for an Interview

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It is true that you should dress how you want to be addressed. You want to give the right first impression during an interview. How you dress for an interview influences how your interviewers view you. Here is a simple guide on how to dress for an interview

Ensure You are Self-Aware. 

We are all different. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Do you have a speech challenge? Being self-aware is very crucial in every sphere of your life, especially in an interview. This is because these are aspects that will influence your performance in the interview. Understand your personality and any other challenges you might have and know how to navigate around it. Here is an article about acing interviews for introverts and extroverts and people who stammer as well. 

Things Not to Say in an Interview

In an interview, your main goal is to ensure you get across as the right person for the job. It’s a chance for you to convince the hiring panel or manager that you are a great fit. As you are doing your research and preparing for the interview, there are questions that you need to avoid. To help you, here are 10 things not to say.

How to Tackle Your Final Interview

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The final interview means that you are on the shortlist of candidates who have performed really well in the interviews. The list could have between two and three, sometimes five candidates. The other candidates on the final shortlist could be as qualified as you are and with the same level of experience. So, this is not the time to relax and walk in there like you already have the job. Here is how to ace the final interview and be the last man standing. 

What to do After an Interview

The period after an interview is the most trying time for most people. The waiting and agonizing over the possible results if the interview. You stare at your computer screens all day with your e-mail inboxes open, just refreshing.  Well here are productive things you can do as you wait for that feedback

You are definitely ready for an interview if you have all the above information. All the best in your next interview!

Doreen Mueke
Doreen is the Senior Content Marketer at Ringier One Africa Media.