Preparing for an Interview: What to Do Before the Interview

If you are a job seeker and you have applied for jobs in many establishments, you will be expecting to be called for interview. Most employers don&...


If you are a job seeker and you have applied for jobs in many establishments, you will be expecting to be called for interview. Most employers don't hire workers unless they interview them by themselves or hire experts to interview the applicants for them. The reason for the interview is to find out what the applicants will be able to offer or whether the applicant is suitable for the post applied for. Interview is also organized in order to enable the employer to select the best applicants. Given this, if you have applied for a job, it is important that you prepared very well for the interview so that you will be among those that will be selected after the interview. There are a lot of things that you should do if you are looking to attend an interview. Here, we will concentrate on what you should do before an interview. Here are important things to do before an interview.

Take time to research the organization and the available post

It is important that you research the organization or business that will interview you as well as the role or post you applied for. Knowing this will enable you to determine whether it is a type of job you will do and whether the business or organization is the type of business that you will like to work in. If the role does not match with your aspiration or does not suit the type of job you will like to take, then you should consider looking elsewhere.

How does your experience fit the organization and job

Each job requires certain skills and experience. Now that you have known about the role you will play, the next thing that you should find out is whether your experiences and skills fit the role or not. If your skills and experience fit the role, then you can proceed with the next step. But if it does not fit it, it is an indication that you may not derive job satisfaction from the job or that you will find it difficult coping with the job.

Do a thorough research on your job sector's trends and current affairs

Before you go for an interview, it is necessary that you know about the trend in the job sector you applied for as well as the current affairs. It is important that you know about the job sector and current affairs because you may be asked some questions about the sector and happenings in it. So, if you know much about it, you will not be taken by surprise during the interview should the interviewer decides to ask you questions relating to the job sector or current affairs.

Think about the likely questions the interview will ask

Before you sit for an interview, think about the likely questions that the interviewer may ask and then try answering them or looking up for the answer. You may ask your friends who are already in the labor market the questions they were asked during their interview. 

You should also try to find out the form the interview will take. Will it be oral interview only or are you going to do some writing? Are you going to be interviewed by one person or a group of interviewers or a panel? Knowing this will also help you to prepare and dispose yourself mentally. For example, if you know that you will appear before a panel, you will be disposed for that. The revise will be the case if you are expecting to be interviewed by one person.


Other things to take into consideration are

  • How to get to the interview venue? It is important to be on time to the venue.
  • What to wear? Check you wardrobe and bring out the best clothe suitable for interview. Suits and business clothes are most suitable for interviews.
  • Go to bed earlier on the interview day so that you will be able to wake up on time and be there on time. 

Tips for Preparing for Exam


Examination is very important in schools and academic institutions. Though, it is said that examination is not the true text of knowledge, it remains a veritable means through which the knowledge of a student can be tested or through which teacher ascertain whether students understand the subject matters they are taught in the class or not. It is also given for certification purposes. Students are given exams at the end of a program to certify that they have successfully completed the program. Examination also helps the teacher to assess his teaching methods and teaching or instructional materials. If the teaching method as well as the instructional materials used by teachers are not good, it will be discovered at the end of examination. So, the importance of examination in academics cannot be overemphasized. In you are student in any education institution or you are following a program in an educational institution, it is good that you prepare for your exam very well so that at the end of the program you will come out in flying colors. 

Many students fail in examination not because they are not intelligent but because they don't prepare well for it or they do not know how to prepare well for an examination. If you are looking to examination, here are some tips to apply to enable you prepare very well for the exam and come out in flying colours. 

Don't wait until the exam day to start preparing

This is one mistake some students make. They will not start reading their books on time until few days to examination. This is not the best approach to examination. Once you are following an academic program, you should have it at the back of your mind that at the end of the program, you will be examined. So, you should start from day to start reading. The exam period is the period to do revision. If you wait till  few days before the exams, it will be difficult for you. You may end overworking yourself. This may even cause you to breakdown. 

Study with pen and a sheet of paper

When you are reading, write down important points. After reading a topic, try to summarize what you have read. If you are able to write down few summary of what you have read, it means that you have understood the subject matter.

Understand the topics and explain them in your own words

After reading a topic, close the book and try to explain what you have read to yourself. Don't assume that you have learnt what you have read. If you are able to explain what you have read to yourself, then you have understood the subject matter. What you are to remember when you close your book and try to explain it to yourself is what you have learnt. You have not learnt any point that you have forgotten. Go back and read those points that you are not able to remember in order to learn.

Don't over work yourself

Indeed, you have to be hard working in order to be successful in your exam. But this does not mean that you should over work yourself. You may likely breakdown or even fall sick when you over work yourself. So, it is important that you read to the maximum capacity of your brain but not over laboring your brain.

Recreate yourself

Having time to do some exercise or recreational activities for few minutes when you are preparing for exam can be very helpful. It will help you to become healthy and active. When you are healthy and active, your brain will become more active and will be able to retain more. 

Eat very well

This is very important. Don't skip meals. Make healthy choices. However, eating well here does not mean becoming a gluttony. If you eat too much, you will not be able to read very well. You will become very dull and may even tend to sleep anytime you want to read.

Ask for help

If there is any subject that you don't understand, you should not be ashamed to ask your fellow student who understands it to explain it more to you. You can even ask your teacher to explain it very well to you. In this well, you will master the subject.

Have discussions with your fellow students

When you have finished reading, you should try to have some discussions with other students on the subject matter to share views with them. As you are discussing with them, you will learn the subjects very well.

The above are some of the tips you should apply when you are preparing for exams.