Interviews can be stressful events and the more you want the job, the more stressful they can be. Yet with the right preparation and approach, what can feel like a mountain can quickly become a very manageable molehill.
If you follow these simple steps you will be able to spend less time worrying about what you are going to say and more time working out if this is the right job for you.
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
Research the company!
Apart from demonstrating that you are interested in the company and that you are willing to learn, it is crucial that you find out as much about the organisation as you can do from the internet and anyone you know who currently works there. Check the company website, Wikipedia, LinkedIn and carry out a Google news search for recent and major news releases. The more you know, the better you will come across, the more specific your questions will be and you will also minimise the risk of any surprises during the interview
Research the interviewer!
Find out who they are, their current role and background, how long they have been with the company etc. If you can, also take the time to look at some of the team members. This will give you an idea of the kind of people the company likes to hire.
Know the dress code!
It may not be obvious and it is possible to be overdressed. If the company has a relaxed dress-code a three piece suit will suggest that you don't necessarily understand the industry or organisation. That being said, you should always err on the side of caution - if you are not sure, then yes, you should wear the tie.
Know where you are going!
Find out how to get there and how long you should allow. If you are driving, where are you going to park and how far is the walk? If you are taking public transport, where is the nearest stop, train times etc. How will rush hour affect your travel time?
Know your CV!
Learn your CV and think about the questions you might be asked. For example - Why do you want to leave your current role? What do you know about this company? Why are you interested in the job? Practice with your partner, a friend or in front of a mirror and think about how the answers make you sound - interested and excited or frustrated and tired?
DURING THE INTERVIEW
First impressions count! A strong handshake, eye contact, a smile and a good introduction will get the interview off on the right foot.
Think! Before answering each question, take a breath. What is the interviewer asking? What relevant experience can you talk about to demonstrate that you can do the job? If your mind goes blank, don't panic. Take a deep breath, ask the interviewer to repeat the question and talk with confidence.
Ask some questions! Many companies put as much value in the questions a candidate asks as any other part of the interview. Ask some questions based on your preparation as well as things that may have been discussed in the interview. Great questions show that you are interested, that you can think on your feet and they can set you apart from your competition.
Following these simple steps will give you a great opportunity to shine and will increase your chances of getting through to the next round or securing that great opportunity.
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