How to best prepare for a job interview

No matter what industry you’re in, no matter what job title you have, there’s one certainty: at some point during your career, you’ll be called for a job interview. It might be for a dream position or something less glamorous. Regardless of the details, being prepared will serve you well.

As with any other situation where an opportunity is on the line, preparation can have a major impact. When it comes to interviews, there’s no “one size fits all” answer. Different jobs entail different responsibilities and requirements. However, within those confines, there are some general tips that can help dramatically.

1. Know what you’re looking for.

When it comes to job interviews, there’s no substitute for hands-on experience. This is particularly common with freelance jobs in Singapore. While your resume might list years of work in a particular field, the only way to truly know if you are up for the challenge is by working. If possible, take some time before an interview to get a feel for exactly what you’ll be doing. Spending time working in the field will give you a better idea of what it takes to succeed and an idea of whether or not the position is right for you.

2. Be proactive during the interview process.

As with any job search, finding out about an opportunity often starts with submitting a resume. While many companies have moved to online submissions, there are also plenty of companies that still use the old paper resume. Some even require handwritten letters or emails. Don’t wait for the interview process to begin, get in touch with hiring managers and tell them why you’re interested in their company.

3. Be confident but not cocky.

Even before the interview starts, have a list of your strong points prepared in case they are brought up in conversation. However, this isn’t the time to be arrogant or brag about yourself. Remember, there are plenty of times when an employer will ask you to talk about your weaknesses. Preparing for these questions beforehand can help ease some of the stress that goes with them.

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4. Be honest and do your research.

When you’re asked questions, answer them to the best of your ability. That said, it’s more than alright to mention if something isn’t exactly in your wheelhouse yet but also leave room for growth within the position. Don’t be afraid to tell an interviewer that you aren’t an expert in a field when they ask you an open-ended question. At the same time, speak confidently and leave room for growth so it doesn’t look like you’re unsure of yourself.

For instance, if you are eyeing freelance jobs in Singapore, you might mention that while you don’t have a lot of experience in digital marketing, you’re interested to learn more.

5. Do your research on the company ahead of time.

Know what job title or industry you are applying to so that you can have some idea about the company’s focus. This can help immensely in the interview process itself. If you’re well versed in what the company does, you’re not only more prepared to answer questions but you’ll also be able to show interest in the company that hiring managers are likely looking for.

6. Prepare intelligent questions to ask at the end of your interview(s).

While it might feel natural to ask for more information about the company’s benefits, chances are that the hiring managers will have covered that already. Instead, focus on questions that show you’ve done your research and your interest in the position. If you can’t think of any intelligent questions to ask, take some time beforehand to come up with a list.

Final Thoughts

Preparing for a job interview can be intimidating and stressful. However, when done correctly it’s one of the most effective tools in your search for employment. Whether you’re looking at work within this particular company or just want to add the experience to your resume, putting in some time before an interview will set you up for success.

Huynh Nguyen

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