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For most people, job interviews can be nerve-wracking, stressful situations.

But the best way to counter this pressure is to be prepared.

Knowing what to expect - and being ready to make a good first impression - will ease your nerves and boost your confidence.

Here, Ann Senior, a Regional Recruitment Coordinators at Lifeways, shares some of her recommendations for preparing for a job interview. 

Like most employers, due to the pandemic, we’re currently conducting all interviews online.

Do your homework: 

Research the company and its background. Look at what they do, how old the company is, and the CEO. You can find information on the company website and the advertised job description.  

Prepare your questions: 

Interviewers usually end the interview by asking if you have any questions for them - so it’s always good to have a few questions prepared, even if they seem unimportant. This demonstrates that you are prepared, enthusiastic, and committed to the role. 

Questions to ask could include:

  • Where do you see the company in 5 years? 
  • When will I find out if I got the position?
  • Is there a uniform?  

Practice your interview technique: 

Make notes of your skills that relate to the role highlighted in the job description. How can your experiences and abilities contribute to the role? 

Confidence is key, so try practicing interview questions and answers with a friend or family member standing in as the interviewer.

Check you know the technology: 

Before your interview, make sure the device you are doing the video interview on is fully charged and is kept plugged in during your call.

In order to give the video interview your full attention, make sure you are sitting somewhere quiet. 

Lifeways interviews are done on Microsoft Teams but there are lots of video platforms that can be used. It's important to familiarize yourself with the video platform. Also check that you received the link to your video interview and confirmed your attendance. 

Most importantly, don’t leave your preparation to the last minute.

You want to present the best version of yourself - and by taking these simple steps, you’ll be able to do just that. Good luck with your interview!

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