By: Thandiwe Kubere

In a collaborative effort to empower the next generation of corporate leaders, IGGLE Consulting and Coaching joins forces with Avani Hotels and Resorts to host a transformative workshop.

This initiative is designed to equip ambitious young individuals with the essential skills required to distinguish themselves in the competitive job market and secure their desired roles within the corporate sphere.

The journey to a job interview is often a blend of thorough preparation and a whirlwind of emotions. For many, this time is characterized by a careful review of potential questions, a thorough research of the company, and a strategic planning of attire that strikes the perfect balance between professional and personable.

As the moment approaches, there is the flutter of nervous anticipation, the rhythm of hope, and, not uncommonly, the sharp notes of self-doubt. These emotions are natural companions to the interview process, serving as reminders of the significance of what is to come.

Preparation is not merely about rehearsing answers; it is about aligning one’s skills and experiences with the needs of the potential employer.

It is also about understanding the industry’s trends, the company’s culture, and the role’s impact. Preparation transforms anxiety into confidence, equipping candidates with the knowledge to not only answer questions but to engage in a meaningful dialogue.

Why is preparation paramount? An interview is more than a conversation; it is a performance where one showcases their professional acumen. An opportunity to demonstrate how past experiences have been a prologue to future contributions.

The Managing Director of IGGLE Coaching and Consultancy advises that the first step one should take after getting invited to an interview is to go back to the advertisement of the vacant position, “Conduct thorough research on the organization and immerse yourself in its culture,” he recommends.

He emphasizes the importance of crafting responses that reflect practical experience rather than theoretical knowledge. “Your answers should not only demonstrate your capabilities but also address potential challenges and your strategies for overcoming them.

This guidance stems from the fact that interview questions often originate from the key responsibilities highlighted in the job posting. “When asked a question about something you have never done, it is important to not fabricate a story but to give an honest answer and perspective on it. Employers do not only look out for your skill set but for your integrity as well.”

The fifth step in the interview preparation is to devise a set of insightful questions to pose during the interview. These inquiries should be directly related to the role and demonstrate one’s deep understanding of the position.

It is important to exercise caution, however, as one may be prompted to elaborate on the questions, turning them into a discussion. “This moment is your opportunity to exhibit your analytical abilities and your ability to devise strategic solutions. Be careful not to be arrogant. It is not about what you say, but how you say it. Always be humble and subtle.”

In addition to intellectual readiness, fostering a positive mindset is crucial. It is therefore essential to engage in activities that elevate one’s spirit and energy, such as meditation or listening to favorite tunes. A serene mind and a joyful heart are unseen allies on the day of the interview.

On the day itself, selecting attire that reflects professionalism and clarity is paramount. “Your appearance is the first impression you impart on your potential employer. It’s advisable to visit the organization beforehand to acquaint yourself with its culture and ambiance. Beware of the colors and look a bit more presentable than the ones already working there.”

Keeping time is also very crucial. He advises interviewees to aim to arrive at least thirty minutes early to avoid any last-minute pressures that could unsettle their composure.

It is advisable to bring educational certificates, transcripts, and any accolades one has received. Even if not explicitly requested, these documents substantiate one’s qualifications and achievements.

“Upon entering the interview room, politely greet and await an invitation to be seated. Observe the room and be aware of the body language. Have a clean paper and a pen to note down the names of the interviewers; addressing them by name can create a more personal and respectful dialogue”, Mofolo enlightens.

He advises interviewees to be brief when asked questions like, ‘Tell us about yourself. Here they provide a concise and focused summary of their professional background, skills, and experiences that are relevant to the position they are applying for, as well as their career goals.

The workshop arms many young aspirants with the tools and insights necessary to navigate the competitive landscape of the corporate world. With these newly honed skills and a strategic approach to interviews, they stand ready to claim their place and make their mark in their chosen careers.