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How to Prepare for a Job Interview

You may be scared, you may be excited and you may be eager for the interview, but you must remember that there are a number of aspects that need to be addressed before you step foot into the office.

Before we delve into the nitty-gritty of what you need to know, let’s cover a few of the most common things that employers are looking for:

  • Employers will want to know if you understand the position and the company,
  • They will sure that you have all the necessary qualifications,
  • Employers will need to be sure that you can answer questions clearly and express your thoughts well.

Preparing for an interview should not be stressful, but it is worth noting that there is a lot involved.

Arrive at Least 15 Minutes Early

Arriving late for an interview will immediately work against you as employers are looking for reliable people. No matter how you are dressed, tardiness will not be excused. In case of an emergency or a delay that is out of your control, call the company ahead of time and let them know that you are running late and when you are likely to arrive.

Most employers are reasonable and will either reschedule or wait until you arrive. Being proactive will let them know that you respect their time, have a genuine interest in the opportunity and that you are able to handle a situation in a professional manner.

Be polite and friendly to everyone you interact with. Depending on the company, your interaction with other staff members may also form part of your interview score.

Wear Professional Attire

A professional appearance goes a long way toward helping you feel relaxed and confident which leads to a more positive experience with your interviewer, but, feeling out of place will lower your confidence and influence your interview.

Practice How to Answer Common Interview Questions

The most important part of preparing for an interview is practice. Knowing what job interview questions you might be asked is essential – that way, you can craft your answers well in advance, and feel confident in your responses when the pressure is on.

What is your biggest weakness?

People usually have trouble answering this question. But ask yourself – when was the last time you noticed a weakness in yourself? Do you remember a situation where you could have handled a situation better?

Take the time to think about your answer. Remember that the person interviewing you will have heard a lot of answers to this question and will know a genuine answer from a cliche.

For example: “My biggest weakness is that I’m a perfectionist” is an overused answer (cliche). While most people use this to break the ice and show their sense of humour, it can also indicate that you are unlikely to be a team player.

Why do you want to work for this company?

In the Health and Welfare Sector, you will likely want to work for a company where you can have a positive impact on people’s lives.

So, while this seems like a question only an interviewer might ask, you should do your own research into the company, its mission, its history and more to make sure that it is also the right fit for you.

The story behind how the company was founded or when the hospital was built and the challenges they face will give you insight and allow you to answer this question honestly.

What are your strengths?

Interviewers who ask this question are rarely trying to find out what you think of yourself – instead, they will be gauging your potential. Asking yourself this question beforehand can give you an idea of your current skills, where you excel and where you need to improve. ( this is also helpful in determining your weaknesses).

Try to think of your skills and how they would prove to be of benefit in the work environment. For example: While one of your strengths may be long-distance running, your true strength is your ability to put in the hard work and patience required to run a marathon and not give up.

So your answer might be ” My greatest strength is my dedication to the task at hand and the fact that I don’t give up. Do you have leadership potential? Are you able to stay calm in stressful situations?

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Your employer wants to know if you are goal-oriented and driven. They also want to check that you are able to set yourself realistic expectations. In your answer, show your awareness of your industry and what might be different in 5 years as well as your ability to adapt to these changes.

Follow Up

Your interviewer is likely to interview many candidates for the position and it is important that you remain top of mind as this might be your best chance of getting a follow-up interview. One way to stand out is to follow up with your interviewer and thank them for the interview, letting them know that you enjoyed it and that you look forward to hearing from them soon.


Finding employment is a struggle for many of us, and interviews are not easy, but, with a little preparation, you will be well on your way to a fantastic career.

There is no time like the present to find employment and we look forward to welcoming you into the Health & Welfare sector.

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