One of the key factors when it comes to success in any walk of life is preparation and attention to detail. It doesn’t matter what task you have been given or what role you are being asked to carry out preparation should always be the starting point. And when it comes to job hunting and trying to land that dream job then putting in the hard work before an interview really can make all the difference.
There are various factors at play during the recruitment process and many of them are outside the candidate’s control. But when it comes to the interview process every candidate gets an equal chance to sell themselves and has the opportunity to show themselves in the very best possible light.
To give yourself the very best chance to succeed it is important to take as much control of the situation as you possibly can.
That means doing your research when it comes not just to the role you are applying for but also about your potential employees.
The first place to start is the job description as that should contain all the clues about what skills, experience and characteristics are wanted by the employer.
You should spend as much time as possible studying the job description and analysing every word of the advert, that information should form the basis of how you present yourself in the interview. The key is try and match your skills and personality to the role and the traits that will be expected from the successful candidate.
Just as important it is vital to research the company and gather as much information that you can on how they operate, their strengths and weaknesses and the kind of people they like to employ.
There is plenty of information out there on the internet and you can also use your contacts to talk to people who may have an insider’s knowledge on your prospective employer.
Finally make sure you do some personal preparation. Give yourself plenty of time to think about exactly what it is you want to say about yourself and the type of image you want to project.
In other words have a properly thought out plan of action in your head before you go into the interview.
Just as importantly make sure you get your personal appearance right, if you look the part and feel good about yourself then it will give you that little bit of confidence that just might make that all-important difference.
You cannot control every factor in the process but if you do put in the preparation properly then you can drastically improve the odds in your favour.
Any decent recruiter can spot someone who has not done the necessary homework. Conversely people who have properly prepared and know what they are talking about will always stand out from the rest of the pack.