Job interviews can be scary things, especially if you are not prepared for what is to come. You are doing the right thing by putting in some research ahead of your next important interview. Here we offer some valuable support and guidance to help you prepare for your next job interview. Take this advice on board and you could soon be landing yourself the job of your dreams!
Lets first take a look at some of the most common questions asked at interview. Think about which questions you are likely to be asked and prepare some responses beforehand so that you will never be at a loss for an answer. Remember that all of your key information will be in your resume, so your interviewer will already be familiar with that. They are likely to ask you to expand on what you have already included in your resume, so be prepared to talk a little deeper about your work experience or any on the job training you have undertaken.
Do your History
Interviewers like to see that you are knowledgeable about the company you are applying to work for. Doing a bit of research on the history of the company before your interview is a great idea. Learning about the company will help you to answer questions in the same sort of language that they commonly use will make you appear more like a person that will fit in well with the company culture. Weaving in a mention about how much you like their product(s) or service will also please your interviewer and will show that you already have some background knowledge about what they offer.
Whenever you think about job interviews, you always imagine a smartly dressed interviewer and job candidates all probably wearing smart business suits. However, appearances can be deceptive! It is true that you must think carefully about what you wear to your job interview. You don’t want to turn up looking a little dishevelled or dressed casually when everyone around you is dressed smartly, even if this is how you dressed for your last job. This will give off the impression that you have put no effort into your interview and that you are not really serious about taking the position on offer.
You cannot go wrong with conventional office wear for your interview. This will create a positive and professional first impression. Even when workplaces have a more relaxed and casual approach to how they dress for work, it is best to err on the side of caution and dress smartly for your interview.
Get there early
On the day of your interview, plan to arrive early. This way you are guaranteed not to be late should any mishap occur, such as public transport running late, roadworks causing delays or getting stuck in heavy traffic. Arriving early for your interview will allow you to gather your thoughts and get focussed on the interview. If you have penned yourself a little crib sheet to read or you want to perform some breathing exercises to steady your nerves, allowing yourself some extra time to prepare will pay off greatly. You can enter your interview without being flustered or stressed out by your journey.
Enter your interview with confidence. Walk in with a good posture and your head held high. Believe in yourself. After all, they would be lucky to have you on their team so you have to show them that you are worth a chance. Make eye-contact with your interviewer during your first greeting and whenever they are speaking directly to you. This doesn’t mean staring them down though! You can look away or break your gaze by checking your notes. You will want to come across as friendly and relaxed, so if you feel the nerves welling up in your stomach, make sure that you smile. A smile will make you feel better, as well as convey to your interviewer that you are friendly and approachable.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Believe it or not, job interviews are supposed to be a two-way conversation. If you have questions that arise during your interview – ask them! You should never leave a job interview with questions circling your head. This may lead to doubt in your mind about the job. Even if you don’t have any questions for your interviewer, it is always better to ask them something. You should never go into an interview with nothing to ask. Asking questions will show that you are interested in the position and will make you more likely to stick in the interviewers mind afterwards when they are making their decision.
End on a positive note
Once the interview draws to an end, it can sometimes feel you are coming down from a bit of a roller-coaster ride. If it was a particularly gruelling or intense interview, both interviewer and candidate can sometimes be left feeling a little mentally drained and deflated. Rather than walking out of the room on an exhausted note, try to end the interview positively. This could be as simple as standing up, shaking the interviewers hand and saying, “Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.” Finish this with a friendly nod and a positive smile. Try to walk out of the interview room just as you walked in – with a confident posture and your head held high. Never slump or hang your head as you exit, no matter how tiring the interview may have been. Remember – they are still watching you!