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Prepare for the job interview if you want to be hired | Career & Success

Preparing for a job interview takes time and energy. The topic is so important and profound that entire books have been written about it. However, I will summarize the main points, commenting on the actions and strategies for good preparation.

How important is it to prepare for an interview?

The job interview is a unique opportunity for the recruiter to get to know you, understand if you meet the requirements of the position and if you really want to build a long-term relationship with the company. A 30-minute interview can completely define your professional future, as it can allow you to enter the company you always wanted or keep you on the unemployment line for a few more months.

Preparation helps professionals to have more control over their communication, minimize insecurity and avoid risks that can cause instant elimination from the selection process. Any athlete trains for years to pass a tryout for a specific tournament or even the Olympics. Now, why could you afford not to prepare yourself to land a job?

Remember: to be hired it is not enough to have the right academic background or the required professional experience. It is necessary to present, during the interview, a coherent communication, a professional attitude and, of course, mature behaviors. Here are some tips on how to prepare:

Prepare the required documentation in advance

Some recruiters ask for documents or certificates for presentation at the time of the interview. Therefore, print at least two copies of each required document and in advance. Printing at the last minute can cause you big problems, as the lack of ink/printer failure cannot be resolved in time.

If the recruiter does not ask you for any documents, always bring two copies of your printed resume. The recruiter will likely have your resume, but perhaps you will be interviewed by a manager who will love to accompany your speech with this document in hand.

Set your trading parameters

The job interview is a time for the recruiter to get to know you, but also for you to understand if the company and the vacancy meet your expectations. So, go to the interview with your defined requirements to accept the position. What minimum wage would you accept to work in this position? What benefits do you need?

In addition to these details, also define what working conditions you have, such as not working on Sundays, not working more than 2 overtime hours a day, working in a safe environment, among others. Having your conditions to accept the vacancy extremely defined, it is easier to assess your position and negotiate with the recruiter. After all, if your professional profile is very good, I guarantee you that the recruiter will work hard to hire you!

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Get to know the company and the position in depth before the interview

Use the internet to get to know the company in detail, what its business area is, how long it has been in the market, what products and services it offers and where it is located and in which regions it operates. It is also important to review the job posting so that you are aware of all the required skills.

In this way, you will be able to answer the questions according to the company’s expectations, in addition to better understanding whether this location and the vacancy will be in accordance with your needs and which points you will need to negotiate during the interview.

Separate your laundry a few days before

The clothes you wear to the interview say a lot about you. So, think carefully about the most suitable pieces, try them on and put them in your wardrobe. In this way, you will not have unforeseen events, such as realizing that you need to wash, sew a button or use other clothes, as the chosen ones no longer fit you.

Evaluate your route

As with clothing, think about your commute in advance. Make your way to the interview location in your mind, simulate it on a map app and, if possible, take the same route a few days earlier at the same time to see how long it will take.

You can’t risk being late, so add 20% more time to your planned commute to avoid any problems.

Get ready for the interview. Participate in the selection process as if your life depended on those moments, because your professional life really does! Stop considering the selection process as a trap or as meaningless. What, perhaps, is lacking for some professionals is the perception that the result in the selection process depends a lot on their attitudes and how they prepare for this challenge.


About the author
Allan Lopes is Systemic Coaching, member of the International Coach Federation, Master Practitioner in NLP and specialist in performance management and in mentoring and coaching processes applied to the corporate environment. Partner of and responsible for the Human Resources Consulting area.