What Happens If You Don’t Prepare For A Job Interview?

Recruitment moves fast, so employers must act urgently to find a CV that matches their role requirements. Therefore, it is not uncommon to invite candidates to interview at short notice. But what might happen if you don’t prepare for a job interview?

In short, you dramatically reduce your chances of getting the job. However, the impact of failing to prepare adequately for a job interview can reach much further than you might think. Although, if you’re unsure if it’s worth putting yourself under such pressure, there are several reasons to push yourself out of your comfort zone, even if you’re not sure you want the job. Read on to find out the consequences of winging it and find out what’s the least you can get away with.

The Purpose of a Job Interview

For instance, no hiring manager would invite candidates to job interviews without first studying their professional profile or CV. Similarly, hiring managers expect candidates to do their homework and research the company. So what is the purpose of a job interview if not to get to know one another? In fact, job interviews are about determining whether you and the business are the right fit for each other.

6 Risks of Not Preparing for a Job Interview

In not preparing for a job interview, you won’t understand how to present yourself as the best fit for that vacant space. In other words, if you want to nail the interview process, you must be confident in your understanding of the business and its job description.

Below are a few consequences of not preparing for a job interview:

  • You put yourself in an unnecessarily stressful situation
  • You won’t be able to answer questions like:
  • Why do you want this job?
  • Why do you want to work for this company?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Neither will you have any questions to ask the interviewers
  • Possibly put yourself through all of this for nothing because it’s unlikely you’ll get the job
  • Ruin your chances of future employment within the business
  • Risk damaging your professional reputation
Lady with no time to prepare for a job interview and wondering what might happen
In today’s fast-moving recruitment world it is not uncommon to be invited to an interview at short notice. In this scenario, it can be tempting to wonder, what might happen if you show up unprepared?

How to Prepare for a Job Interview

Research the Company

Where a job advert does not disclose a company name, a recruitment company is usually behind it. While this makes it impossible to research the company before applying, this can make life easier for applicants.

When dealing with recruitment consultants, candidates can seize the opportunity to ask the recruiter essential questions about the business. During such conversations, you are safe to ask questions that you might be scared of asking in an interview with the employer.

In either scenario, your primary source of knowledge about a business will be the online sphere. The brand website should be your first touchpoint. You will find out more about the products and services provided by the company. The about us section can share the company culture and history, giving insights into the growth process and potentially future aspirations. Most candidates find valuable information to prepare for the interview process.

The business social media profiles can reveal a lot about their interactions with their audience, tone of voice, activities, and values. Additionally, it’s also a fantastic opportunity for candidates to refer to a current campaign from the company during the interview.

When the company runs a blog, candidates can easily understand their areas of expertise and tone of communication. Hence blogs can help you identify essential information about the company ahead of the interview. As a candidate, you can thus promote your most desirable skills accordingly.

Figure out the Interview Format

Video Interviews

Panel Interviews

Group Interviews

Behavioural Interviews

Case Study

Stress Interviews

Lady researching the company she is interviewing for
There’s nothing more irritating for an interviewer than having a conversation with someone who has no idea what your company does. Therefore it pays to at least do a little research on the company you’re interviewing for.

Understand the Job You Are Applying For

  • Which skills and experience does the business expect?
  • How does the successful candidate apply their skill set?

The responsibilities and desirable skills list will help define whether you are a suitable candidate. It will also provide guidance to determine how the hiring manager expects you to evidence your skills, including

  • Certifications
  • Academic degree
  • References
  • Portfolio
  • Case studies from previous work experience

Once you understand how to demonstrate your competencies, you can also prepare the relevant materials. Software developers, for example, can design a mock programme tailored to the company to showcase their knowledge. A digital marketing expert can prepare a presentation of their previous projects.

Practice, Practice, Practice

There’s no denying that rehearsing questions, especially awkward ones, can avoid many interview mishaps on the day.

You also want to be in a relaxed state, so your body language communicates confidence, self-assurance, and friendliness. Your body language can leave a positive impression, differentiating you from more nervous candidates. Making eye contact, smiling, and staying on one spot (rather than fidgeting) can work wonders in face-to-face and online interviews.

A Few Final Thoughts on Why You Should Prepare for a Job Interview

If you’re really short on time and want to know where to concentrate your efforts, at very least, you should:

  • Research what the company does
  • Know your CV inside out and be able to reference examples of past achievements
  • Understand the job role
  • Be able to explain why you want the job and why you think it should be yours

One of the main advantages of applying for jobs through a recruitment consultant is that they can help you with interview preparation. Reputable recruiters often have long standing relationships with their clients, and this puts them in an excellent position to guide you on what they look for and the questions they most commonly ask.

Before you embark on your next job search, speaking to one of our specialist IT Recruitment Consultants could give you the edge over the competition for the position you are applying for.



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