The best way to prepare for an interview is to put yourself in the employer’s shoes. Imagine you are the one doing the interview. First, look at the requirements for the job. What skills are essential and which ones are desirable? Are technical skills required and if so, to what level – basic, average or advanced? How much does a new person really need to know about the industry, or can it be learned ‘on the job’? What do you, as the interviewer, need to hear from the applicant to make you feel confident about hiring that person?
The answer is EVIDENCE or STORIES. The interviewer must be able to have a mental image of you performing in the role. What have you done before which makes you confident that you can do the job, or have the ability to learn the job? Remember – go back to thinking about yourself as the interviewer….what kind of stories do you think you would want to hear?
In addition to skills and experience, never underestimate the importance of your own personality. You are working in the job 5 days a week (or more) and anywhere from 37.5 hours per week at the MINIMUM. You spend more time at work than anywhere else. Your co-workers want to work with people they like and enjoy being with. Just as you do. Would you be happy working at a job with people you didn’t like and had no shared interests? At the end of the day, even if you can do the job, if your interviewer doesn’t actually like you, you will not get hired. Be confident and don’t be afraid to show your enthusiasm for the role or for the organisation.
Good luck! …. Remember – think like an employer!