You made it to the interview stage! Now you want to present yourself in your best light. Below are a few tips on getting prepared for an interview:
- Research the company. Study their website and search for them on Google and Facebook to find out as much as you can about the company. The interviewers will be impressed if you demonstrate knowledge and interest in where they have been and where they are going.
- Mentally practice what you would like to say in the interview. Bonus points if you can sit down with a friend and roll play interview q & a. This will help you to be more confident in the interview.
- Find out what clothing attire you would be expected to wear at the interview (i.e. a suit or smart casual or work gear), and have it ready the night before.
- Leave for the interview early enough to get a parking spot or find your way there without a panic. The calmer you present, the better. Also try to be there a few minutes early, but not too early.
- Be friendly and shake the interviewers hand upon greeting and if offered a glass of water, accept it. There’s nothing worse than woolly mouth during an interview.
- Be positive, professional and speak clearly. Confidence and enthusiasm mixed with a calm and genuine demeanour will help you sell yourself. Build rapport with the interviewer if you can.
- Sell your skills and experience but don’t be overly cocky or pushy. Use examples of where you have proven yourself and succeeded in your jobs.
- When you’re asked at the end of the interview if you have any questions, try to have a relevant question. If you don’t have any about the job, ask something like ‘when are you looking to make your decision?’ or ‘at this stage, do you have any hesitations or concerns about hiring me?’ (this gives you a chance to overcome objections now).
- Always end the interview with a hand shake, a friendly smile and a summary comment about how you’re really interested in the job and hope they do get back in touch with you. This shows the interviewer that you are genuinely interested.
- After the interview, send the interviewer an email to say thank you for their time, let them know that you are interested in the job, and that you are looking forward to hearing from them.