Five things to do before a job interview

Five things to do before a job interview

The application process for a job is important, but when you land an interview with your dream employer, it’s time to make sure you’re prepared for the job interview process. Today we’re looking at five simple things to do before heading into a job interview.

1. Know the job and the brand you’re applying for

Now we know this seems obvious, but sit down and really spend the time learning about the company and the role you’re applying for. Head to the company’s brand page on Locimo and read about its history, head to the brand’s website and social pages for further insights.

When it comes to the job description, make sure you re-read the job description multiple times before your interview. Take note of 

what your role involves and what skills they are looking for.

2. Think about your experience and what you can bring to the role

It’s time to whip out a notepad and jot down why you’re the perfect candidate for the role. Next to each part of the job description, write down how your experience brings value to the role. Ask yourself these questions:

  • What experience have I had doing similar jobs?
  • What training have I had in this position?
  • Why do I want to work in this role?
  • What skills does it take to be great in this role?

3. Practice your answers to some key interview questions

Authenticity is key, you never want to script your interview answers, but it can pay to role play and practice answering some key interview questions. Being put on the spot, especially in a job interview setting, can really rattle your confidence. By practicing and being prepared prior, you’re giving yourself the best chance to nail your job interview questions.

Love them or hate them, here are some of the most commonly asked interview questions:

  • Tell us about yourself.
  • Why do you want to work with our company?
  • Why are you leaving your current role?
  • What is your experience?
  • What are your greatest strengths?
  • What are your greatest weaknesses?
  • Tell us about a difficult work situation you’ve had and how you overcame it?
  • Do you have any questions about the role?

4. Think about what you want to find out at the interview

An interview is obviously a time for the interviewer to find out about you, but it’s also a time for you to find out more about the role. Be prepared and go into the interview with some of your key questions about the brand and the role. This is your moment to find out what the company culture is like, what a typical day of work look likes, etc.

Think about what’s important to you and use this time to have a conversation with your potential future employer about it.

5. Be on time

You can do all the preparation in the world, but if you’re late to your interview it can leave a bad impression on your future employer. Aim to be close to your interview at least 20 minutes prior, this will give you time to get a park and relax before walking through the doors.

If something happens and you are running late, make sure you call your interviewer to let them know that you’re running late and see if you can reschedule your time. Be flexible and work with their schedule.