How You Can Retain Important Information For An Interview

05/03/16

Memory fades very quickly. Psychologists estimate that people will forget about 80% of what they’ve learned within 24 hours.

To ensure that fresh information can be retrieved for later use, information must be transferred from the short term memory to the long term memory storage.

Often we have a short amount of time to prepare for interviews and it can be quite challenging to learn and remember the necessary information in order to succeed during the interview. You need to remember relevant information such as your resume, job description, company and interviewer. It’s twice as hard to remember things when you are nervous!

Everyone learns differently, so if you know what type of learner you are, focus on what helps you learn the best. For example: If you like to write, write the notes a couple of times. If you are an auditory learner, read it out loud more. However, using an all-rounder approach will ensure that you are using all your senses to remember information that you want to recall!

Prepare yourself by following these steps:

Write down short simple sentences of what you want to remember and separate them under headings. Make sure you understand what you are writing. Limiting it to one page and using different colour pens or highlighters for different topics can help you remember better. For example, blue for Company Description, red for Job Description - this is particularly important for visual learners!

Read over your notes silently 2-3 times. Make sure you read over every single word. Do not just browse through! This ensures that you are focusing on using each word itself through your eyes. After that, take a 5-10 minute break. 

Read your notes out loud 2-3 times. This is particularly important for auditory learners.

Leave it and go do something else for a few hours.

Read over your notes every so often.

Before you go to sleep that night, read all your notes. When you are asleep, your brain will process all the information that you learned that day. Reading it before you sleep will prompt your brain to retain this information.

First thing in the morning - before you do anything, grab your notes and read them 2-3 times.

Repeat as necessary.

This technique caters for all types of situations, from last minute cramming for final exams or interviews the next day.

Remember that your short term memory fades very fast so it is important to remind your brain that this information will be useful in the future - and convert it to long term storage so your brain will remember it for you!

These techniques can help you to prepare for an interview, which could lead to an internship or industry placement with one of our industry partners. For more information on our industry, click here. 

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