Nthabeleng SZA
3 months


ASK HR : How should I prepare for my first interview?

Over the last year, I’ve coached over 150 students, graduates and first entry working professionals from across the country on how to prepare for interviews to land their dream jobs.

Here are my top 10 tips on how to prepare for your first interview:

1: Leverage creative assets -
Go above and beyond and show the interviewer how much you want this job. How do you do that? Two words: Creative assets. For example, you could create a 10 slide Powerpoint deck on how you’re going to make an impact on the company as a digital marketer. That deck could highlight your goals, the 30, 60, 90 day plan, your skill sets and more. And best of all, it should be personalized to the goals of the company and the job responsibilities of the role you’re applying for. This will help show the company that you really want the job and are willing to go the extra mile to demonstrate that to them.

2: Learn about the interviewer -
If you happen to know who your interviewer is going to be ahead of time, look them up on LinkedIn and Google and get to know as much about them as possible. For example, if you got a banking job, then Google the bank and learn more about their products or their services , vision and mission. That could be another rapport building topic as well.

3: Learn to use callbacks -
This is a tool that comedians use, where they refer back to an old joke they told earlier in their stand up. I’m not telling you to tell jokes of course. What I am telling you is that it can be very effective to reference or summarize previously discussed important talking points in the interview. For example, if the interviewer tells you about 3 key things they’re looking for in a new hire, you could potentially refer to those later on in the discussion.It shows that you are actively listening and sharp enough to remember the important talking points.

4: Practice -
A lot. Practice with a friend or family member in a role play. Practice using flash cards. Practice in the mirror. Here’s a pro tip: Usually in most of your interviews you’ll find there are a very common set of questions the interviewer will ask such as “Why do you want to for this company?” And you need to be really prepared with a personalized, well thought out answer. So make sure to practice.

Thank you for reading and I hope this helps you or is good enough of an answer to your question.