Don’t let the prospect of interviews unnerve or intimidate you. With prior preparation and thought they can actually be something the look forward to! We put together a few interview tips to help.
Firstly. You got the interview! Now you have to feel good about that! Securing the interview is hardest part of the recruitment process over with. You’ve been shortlisted out of possibly dozens of applications, the employer has obviously read something in your CV / LinkedIn profile that they really like!
There are many aspects of the interview that are under your control, things you can do that can only have a positive affect. The key is in preparation – the more prepared you are, the more confident you will be. The following interview tips will help guide your preparation:
Feel good about getting the interview in the first place.
Get your preparation done well in advance.
Remember, the people in front of you are, just people.
Research – the company, the role, the people…
- There are so many sources of information on the internet that will help with this.
- Know the job being offered. Read the brief and speak to your Recruiter to find out the specifics of ‘who’ the employer is actually looking for.
- Know the employer! What it does; the markets it serves; current & future projects, that kind of thing. Good talking points and could provide substance for your interview questions.
- Know who is interviewing you. Make sure you get the names from your Recruiter of all those who will be present at the interview. Look them up on LinkedIn or Google and get an idea of their backgrounds, you might find there are things you have in common.
Prepare answers to likely questions…
- Put yourself in the Hiring Managers’ position, think about the kind of information they need in order to make sure they are hiring the right person for the job. Think about the types of questions they will need to ask to get at that information.
- When answering questions relate back to what you have done in the past. Give examples of your experience that are relevant to what is being asked.For instance, “What would you do in this XYZ situation…?” You should refer to a similar situation you have dealt with, what you did and the outcome, what you learned and possibly what you would do in the future.
Attire & Body Language…
- Research suggests that an interviewer makes up their mind regarding a candidate within the first few seconds of an interview. The rest of the interview is just about confirming their decision. You only have one chance to make a first impression, so play it safe and wear business attire. Even if it’s a dress-down Friday and your interviewer is in shorts and flip-flops.
- In terms of body language, don’t over think it or else you could appear wooden. If you have done you research and preparation then you will feel more confident and comfortable than you would if you had done none…and when you are confident and comfortable your body language will follow suit.
- Just make sure that you start and leave with a firm handshake (but not a vice-like grip!).
Prepare for the interview in advance…
- Rushing around getting things ready in the hours before your interview will just increase your stress levels. Don’t let that happen. Make sure you have everything you need for the interview ready in good time.
- Printed CV and any required documents; names and contact details for the employer; directions and route planned out.
Definite don’ts !!!
- Don’t be late; get to the interview 15 minutes early. It gives you time to sit quietly and breathe.
- Don’t yawn during the interview.
- Don’t pick your nose, especially not with your right hand!
Definite do’s !!!
- A firm handshake (but not too firm and not for too long).
- A friendly smile.
- Eye contact.
- Look interested – nod, agree etc…
- Accept a drink at the start of the interview, it saves asking for one halfway through when your mouth is dry and you’re struggling to get words out.
- Remember, the people in front of you are, just people.
Hope you found these interview tips useful.