There is no doubt about it, interviews are daunting. We understand how important interviews are and that this can lead to you putting excess pressure on yourself. This can unfortunately cause you to make simple mistakes once you are in the hot seat and we want to make sure this is not the case.
Over the last few years we have written several blogs on interview advice, so we thought that it would be helpful to have all of these in one place to make your life simpler.
1. Be prepared – We know, obvious right? However this is so important. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, keeping in mind that there could be delays. Being late is never a good first impression and can be really off putting for your future employer. On the other hand, it’s also important to not be TOO early as well! Remember the person/people interviewing you are busy too and it could be a disruption to their day.
2. Don’t forget to research the company – Make sure that you are clued up on the company before attending your interview. Going into your interview unprepared without any knowledge will automatically put you at a disadvantage. It not only shows a lack of preparation but also indicates that you don’t actually care about what you are going for. The majority of companies will have an ‘about us’ page on their website to find out more information. Read articles and current company information to show that you are genuinely interested in the position. We would also recommend thinking about what it is that attracted you to the company.
3. Be prepared for Interview questions – Unfortunately we cannot predict the exact questions you will be asked. However, we have compiled a list of the top 15 interview questions to help you get prepared. When thinking about your answers, write down a few bullet points so your don’t come across as scripted and unnatural.
4. Don’t hold back on asking questions – Ask as many questions as possible! Asking questions not only shows the interviewer that you have a keen interest in the job but also gives you the opportunity to gather the information you need to help you with your decision, if you are offered the position.
5. Don’t use negative body language – Fidgeting, slouching, a poor handshake, and no eye contact! All of the above are things to be completely avoided. Be conscious of your body language, as small things you do can be really obvious. Avoid crossing your arms, as this can come across as defensive. No one wants that!
6. Don’t be anyone else but you– Just be yourself! Let your personality shine through and be confident. Have faith in yourself, you have made it this far based on the skill set shown on your application so now is the time to show them that you have the character to go alongside this.
7. Don’t forget to follow up –Some people feel as though following up seems a bit desperate. You could not be more wrong! Following up is a great chance to reaffirm your desire for the job and an opportunity to remind the employer of your skill set that can be bought to the organisation. This can be done through a simple email or phone call. Also don’t forget to utilise social media. LinkedIn is a great network to contact employers and it is free to sign up!
By following this advice you should have a smoother interview experience and feel a lot more confident throughout the process.
Do you have any other tips to add? Let us know by commenting below!
Good luck with your interview.