The job interview requires more than charm, confidence and great hair

Great hair and nice clothes can get you part of the way, but no matter how good you are at talking and charming people, you still have to show up at your job interview well-prepared.

Preparation, preparation and preparation
You must familiarise yourself with the company. Check out their website and make sure you know what kind of a place it is that you are going for an interview at.

What are you going to say?
A job interview is a two-way conversation. That means you need to both listen and talk. And while you can obviously not know what you will be asked, you can try to prepare for some of the most common questions.

They may be

  • Tell us a little about yourself?
  • Why would you like to work here?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What is your greatest success story?
  • What do you do in your spare time?

You may also prepare yourself for things which are important for you to get across. These may be what kind of a colleague you are, what your skills are or your ideas on how you want to do the job.

Prepare questions
Bring some questions to the interview, so you can inquire information about the company, the job or something else, which shows that you have prepared.

Identify your weaknesses
Maybe you have a gap in your CV, or maybe your professional skills are a little off regarding the profile? Find your weaknesses and prepare to be asked about them. And if you are not asked about them, you might want to bring them up anyway, allowing you to counter and address any concern or the like.

Motivation is crucial
No one will employ a person who does not want the job. State why you want the job and how you intend to perform your role in the job.

What are you worth?
You must be prepared to be asked about pay. Before the interview, you should make it clear to yourself what you want when asked. You can check with your unemployment fund what the salary scale of your pay grade is.

Once you know the range, you must decide how high you want to make your suggestion - and what the minimum amount you would accept is. Here, you must keep in mind that there may be other things than money in your contract. Does the company have any fringe benefits? What about additional training? Employee bonus schemes?

Motivated, well-prepared and present are the three most popular characteristics of candidates who perform the best in job interviews.

(Source: Ballisager Recruitment Analysis 2017)