Going for an interview can be nerve-racking. Here are our top 10 tips to help you beat the nerves and make a good first impression.
1. Research the company
Be sure to know as much as you can about the company, their values and philosophy, the work they do, the work culture and the specific area for which you are interviewing. Check out their website, social media channels and anything else you can get your hands on. If you know someone who works there or has worked there before try and get an inside scoop.
2. Research the interviewer
Find out who will be interviewing you and add them on LinkedIn. See if you can find some common ground for a conversation starter. Make sure you understand their position in the organisation and how or if they would be related to the position you are interviewing for.
3. Study the job spec
The job spec is very important as is outlines what the interviewer will be looking for in terms of skills and abilities. Use this as a guideline and try to prepare examples of how you have demonstrated these skills with measurable outcomes. If you don’t have a detailed job spec, do research online about what someone in this position would typically do and then ask further questions during the interview itself.
4. Prepare answers to common interview questions – with examples
There are common interview questions you are likely to face, outside of technical skills. Some examples of these would be: Why do you want to leave your current job? Which we have demonstrated how to answer. Why would you be a good fit for this position? How can your experience in your current role translate to this role? What kind of person are you outside of the office? (This is a cultural fit question). What are your hobbies? (My least favourite! Remember, watching TV is not really a hobby, think of something a tad more interesting).
5. Dress for the work environment
Dress as if you already work there. Find out what the dress code is and choose an outfit based on that. If you are struggling to find this out via company website, social media or friends, take the approach that smart casual works most of the time, and remember, you can ask the interviewer in advance. If it is very corporate however, dress more smartly.
6. Prepare everything the night before
Make sure any required documents are printed and packed in your bag and make sure you know exactly where to go and have double checked the time and parking situation. Also, prepare your outfit the night before and check the weather forecast to minimize outfit crisis panic time in the morning.
7. Be early
10 minutes early is on time for an interview. Set your day up 30 minutes earlier than you need to be to give leeway for any unforeseen events counting against you.
8. Ask questions
The interview is your chance to interview the company as well and see if it a good fit for you. Ask about the company culture, ask about the specifics of the job and what your work day will look like. Ask about company policies or flexibility you may need. This is not only beneficial for information gathering but it also shows your interest in the position and shows that you are prepared.
9. Be polite
During the interview be confident in your abilities but not arrogant. After the interview thank the interviewers for their time. You haven’t got the job yet and you shouldn’t act like you have it in the bag, courtesy goes a long way, especially when the interviewers may be your future colleagues.
10. Follow up
Send a follow up email after the interview, thanking the interviewers. Add in a personal touch of something discussed in the interview and include a “Looking forward to hearing from you”.
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