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How to prepare for a job interview: essential tips for success

As the Chinese military and philosopher Sun Tzu once said, “Battles are won or lost long before they are fought”.

In the same way, chances of success increase considerably when preparing for a job interview, especially for young people who are about to finish their university degrees and want to take their first steps in the professional world.


But how do you prepare for a job interview?


In this blog, we reveal the step-by-step to impress your future employers and job colleagues.


Understanding the importance of preparation in landing your dream job


The job interview is a key moment in the job search. The last hurdle you have to jump in an obstacle course that began long before, perhaps when you were writing your CV for the first time. However, there are still many candidates who present themselves to a potential employer without adequate preparation.


And we all know what happens in these cases: nerves, improvised answers or even blunders.


But, as Oscar Wilde would say, “There is no second chance for a first impression”. Hence, the importance of knowing how to prepare for a job interview.


Because with the right preparation you will be able to present your candidacy in a more convincing way, present your ideas more orderly, enhance your strengths and, of course, face the job interview with greater confidence.


Or, in other words, you will be able to make a good first impression and stand out from the rest of the candidates.


So, how can you prepare for a job interview?


Essential steps to prepare for a job interview


Here is a step-by-step guide to improve your performance in a job interview:


1 – Research the company


One of the key points to prepare for a job interview is the previous documentation. Visit the company’s website, read its publications on social networks, and look for recent news about its activities.


This way you will be able to understand its mission, vision, and values and tailor your answers to demonstrate your compatibility with it.


2 – Analyze the job description


Thoroughly review the job description you are applying for to understand exactly what the company is looking for.


Identify the main skills required and reflect on how your previous experiences can be aligned with these needs.


3 – Adapt your CV and cover letter


Although when you go to the interview you will probably have already handed in your CV, it is a good idea to bring with you a printed copy to serve as a script. Remember that it should be updated and accompanied by a cover letter showing the reasons why you are the ideal candidate for this job position.


However, if you want to impress the interviewers, you can also prepare a video resume to serve as a starting point when presenting your skills and experience.


4 – Practice the answers to the most typical questions


Preparing for a job interview also means anticipating the questions you may be asked. From questions about your previous experience to hypothetical or personal situations.


Thinking about the message you want to convey and preparing your answers based on it will help you avoid awkward moments or improvised answers that may not reflect your true potential.


5 – Conduct mock job interviews


Practice makes perfect, and this is especially true in job interviews. Conducting mock interviews, whether in front of a mirror, with friends or family, will help you improve your communication skills and manage your nerves.


In addition, by repeating yourself, you will get used to expressing your strengths and accomplishments more convincingly, improving the fluency of your speech during the actual interview.


6 – Prepare a list of questions for the interviewer


Develop a list of questions about the specific tasks of the role you are applying for, the company culture, or the next steps in the selection process.


This point will not only help you demonstrate your interest in the job, but also help you better understand how you might fit in and contribute to the success of the organization.


7 – Choose the most appropriate attire for the interview


Before deciding what to wear, do some research on the company’s culture. If possible, observe how employees dress through photos on the company’s website or social media.


Select your attire according to the company’s dress code and make sure it is clean and pressed. The golden rule is not to draw attention to yourself, either by overdressing or underdressing. Being overdressed can be seen as insecure and unfamiliar with the company; on the other hand, going to the interview too casually may be seen as impolite or uninterested in the position.


8 – Means of transportation


Preparing for a job interview also involves planning your trip to arrive in plenty of time. Being sure that you will show up on time or even a little earlier than agreed will give you time to clear your head and calm your nerves.


Investigate all possible routes and be clear about the alternatives you can choose in case of any unforeseen eventuality.


9 – Review the night before


The night before the job interview, review your research, your answers, and the questions you have prepared.


Make sure you get a good rest so that you are at your best when the moment arrives.


10 – Follow up after the interview


Within 24 hours after the interview, send a thank-you email to the interviewer mentioning specific aspects of the conversation you had and reiterating your interest in the job position.


This small gesture will serve as a reminder of your candidacy, as well as show your commitment and seriousness.


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Enhance your career potential at CIS University


Studying at CIS University not only provides you with a quality education, but also helps to boost your candidacy in any job interview.


Would you like to know why?


International prestige


As an American University with a high rate of international students, CIS University offers a global perspective that is highly valued in the job market. 

This differential aspect can make your resume stand out, showing that you have been part of a pluralistic and rigorous educational environment.


Language proficiency


At CIS University, not only will you study abroad in Spain, but you will also have the opportunity to participate in our language exchange program. A program that allows you to learn new languages in a natural and effective way. 

As you may already know, languages are increasingly valued by recruiters.


Communication skills


Thanks to the CIS University Debate Club you will be able to improve your communication skills and your ability to argue. 

You will learn how to present your ideas clearly and convincingly, so you can face job interviews with more confidence and determination.


Practical experience


CIS University has agreements with more than 300 internationally recognized companies so that you can complete your intership in a truly valuable environment.

These internships not only allow you to apply what you have learned in the classroom, but will also enrich your resume for future job interviews.


Comprehensive Service


At CIS University, we offer a comprehensive service that goes beyond academic education. We have different student support departments dedicated to developing the necessary skills to ensure the success of our students in the workplace. 

And, of course, among those skills we include knowing how to face a job interview, from preparation to follow-up.


What are you waiting for to take the plunge?


Contact CIS University and start building the path to the job of your dreams.


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