12 STEPS TO GET A JOB IN GHANA – VOL. 3
It is one thing to apply for the job and another thing to be called for interview and yet another thing to be successful and given an appointment. It is expedient for you to be well prepared and fine tune your mind for the interview.
Step 3: Planning and Preparation for the interview
It is one to plan for the interview and another thing to prepare for it. Planning and preparing go hand in hand for a successful interview.
Planning and Preparation for Interview Tips
1. Know that it’s a competitive interview
The first thing you have to know is that, it isn’t only you that have applied for the job. And it may not be only you called to be interviewed. Normally, employers will call more applicants to be interviewed in order to select the best qualified candidate for the job and this makes it highly competitive. If you are lucky to be the only interviewee, you still have to prove yourself worthy of working in the capacity of the vacant job.
It is very important to know that the qualified, the disqualified and the over qualified applicants will all apply for the job and it is likely that you will meet both the qualified and the over qualified at the interview. Good planning and preparation can better do you a great favour.
2. Company Research
Before you attend any job interview, you have to know a few things about the company. Knowledge about the company can assist you to answer question that will be thrown at you during the interview. The easiest way to get this information is to check the company’s profile on the internet. Below are a few of the things you have to know if possible:
– Name of the company
– Products and services
– Motto or slogan
– Goals, Vision and objectives
– Year of establishment and number of operative years, etc.
– What you have heard; learned and like about the company, etc.
3. Organize Mock Interview for Yourself
One of the things you have to do is to organize a mock interview for yourself if you know you are gripped with fear and panic. This is very important especially for the first timers who have not gone through any interview. Ask yourself as many questions as you can and try to provide accurate answers. Try to check your breathing, diction and the correct vocabulary you use.
Alternatively, you can ask a friend or a love one to do a mock interview for you and ask you as many likely questions as possible and try to answer them correctly.
4. Get Set A Day Before
One of the ways to boost your confidence level and speak well is to get set a day before the interview. This bothers on your preparation and plans for the interview. Getting prepared and set builds your confidence. It will be better to iron your shirt or dress a day before if you live in a country with power crisis. Get all your documents set for the following day and make sure all inquiries you have to make are done a day before.
5. Petty Mistakes are avoided
There have been several instances where interviewees make petty and silly mistakes due to unpreparedness. All these could be avoided if only you really mean business to prepare and pass the interview.
Writer: Ernest K. Akorli