Three ways to prepare for a job interview

I recently had my first job interview in a while.

I know that our faith in Christ must affect every part of our lives (Romans 12:1-2). But I had to reflect on what a Christian approach to a job interview should be.

Here are three things that helped me.

#1 Pray

It’s normal to feel nervous. Allow these nerves to drive you to prayer.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

A Christian approach will mean depending on God in prayer – not resting on our ability or competence.

Having God as our father means he’s concerned about what we’re concerned about. He knows our worries and he cares (1 Peter 5:7). This is why he calls us to pray.

Pray like a child, asking your Father for the job. But also ask that you’ll rest in his plan for your life. Ask others to pray for you too.

#2 Prepare

Lots of prayer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare. God will often answer our prayers through our preparation.

Work hard to prepare for the interview, as for the Lord (Colossians 3:23). If God wants to give you the job, he’ll make this happen through what you say and how you act in the interview.

Know the job description. Practice answering questions. Prepare well.

#3 Promise

Remember important promises that God has made to you.

He loves you (1 John 3:1). Your identity isn’t determined by the outcome of the interview (Romans 8:37-40). Your future hope is unaffected by your pay slip or job (Colossians 3:2).

God’s working all the circumstances – even the bad ones – for your good (Romans 8:28). If there’s ever something to reduce nerves, it’s being confident in this.

So pray for this confidence. Prepare well. And rest on God’s unfailing promises.