The interviewer has your career path in the palm of their hand. They will determine whether or not the process will continue or come to a screeching halt.
No wonder you’re nervous!
Here are some interview tips to help take
some of the pressure off you and make the most of your time with the
1. They chose you! From the stack of CV’s they’ve received, something about YOU gave them the confidence in your qualifications and experience to want to get to know YOU better. That knowledge alone should put some pep in your step and arm you with the confidence necessary for a successful interview.
2. Do your research. Obviously it’s important that you know about the company you are applying to work for. Simply go direct to the company’s website, also Google the company’s name to get as much information as you can. You can utilise some of this information throughout your interview, and it will show your genuine interest in your prospective employer.
3. Be punctual. But don’t arrive too early!
Arrive no more than ten minutes early. Showing up too early for a scheduled appointment may make an interviewer feel rushed, creating an unfavourable impression, even before you’ve set eyes on each other.
But whatever you do, don’t be late!
4. Dress to impress. Research shows it takes 7 seconds to form a first impression. So think about what impression you would like to make on your potential new employer.
Dress in a manner that is professionally appropriate for the position you are applying for, as you want to represent their brand image. Keep it professional.
- Sexy is for the club, not the interview.
- The only wrinkles we want to see are from your smile, not your clothes.
- Hair, makeup and nails need to be on point.
- Don’t be sent away because of your scent.
- Take as much pride in your footwear as you would your outfit.
If your interview happens to take place via Skype, make sure you are positioning yourself in an uncluttered environment, with good light so the interviewer can focus on you. Ensure your hair and face are presented immaculately, as your interviewer is making their first impression based on what they see of you.
5. Prepare and practise talking about YOU. We all know how hard it is talking about ourselves, especially when we’re put on the spot. Your job during the interview is to paint a picture that you are their solution, and a better fit than the next candidate. Practise nailing these general questions so they roll off your tongue during the interview.
- Tell me about yourself.
- What is the greatest value you can bring to us?
- Why do you want to leave your current position?
6. Behavioural based questions. Most recruiters will ask you a series of behavioural based questions, so they can assess actual examples of how you’ve managed certain scenarios during your employment history. Some examples of these questions are:
- What is the most stressful situation you have experienced at work within the past year, and how did you handle it?
- Tell me about a time when you had to solve a problem without very little guidance or direction?
- Give an example of a goal you set and how you achieved it?
One of the favourite questions I like to use whilst I am interviewing:
- What would your current (or past) employer say about your work?
7. Be positive. You want to leave the interviewer with a positive impression of you. Never badmouth a former employer or employee, no matter what the circumstances. It demonstrates a poor attitude and a negative personality. You also never know how paths can cross and what connections exist, you could be speaking out of turn about a colleague or a friend.
8. YOU ask some questions. This will show that you are taking the role seriously and are genuinely interested in the company and the culture.
By asking questions like:
- What are the greatest challenges you’re facing in your industry?
- What is the most important thing I can do to make an impact within the first 30 days of my employment?
- What did you like most about the person who previously held this position?
- What do you attribute to the success of your company?
Don’t be thrown off guard if the question arises
about your salary expectations, you need to have done some research for similar
positions in the market so you are comfortable stating the going rate, and what
you are worth.
10. Say thank you. Follow up is huge, in my experience I don’t see this enough from candidates I interview. Getting an email or a text message from someone I interviewed would make them stand out from the other’s applying for the job – both because it’s rare, and because it shows they are actually interested in the position and not just one of a hundred they’re sending CV’s to.
Even if you don’t think an offer is in the bag, you may be front of mind if any other positions arise in the company in the future.
Other helpful tips prior to your interview:
- Get a good sleep the night before so you are as fresh as possible
- Don’t forget to eat so your tummy doesn’t rumble through the interview
- If you’re really nervous, try doing some exercise prior. It will help keep the butterflies at bay, and your endorphins will be flowing – creating that “feel good” feeling.
At the end of the day, the person interviewing you has one goal in mind: fill the vacancy with the best candidate possible. You can make their job easier by being that candidate!
So prepare, practice, and be assured that the company would not have called you, if they didn’t need you.
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