Going for an interview can be nerve racking, but effective preparation will make you feel and appear more confident. Here are some ideas for preparing:
- Background research on the company before hand – company websites are an excellent starting point
- Read the job description thoroughly, make a note of where your relevant skills and attributes are suited
- Prepare two or three questions for the interview – anticipate that they will cover most things about the role during the conversation, so think about somethings that might not be obvious. How about: What training is given, or what they are looking for in the successful applicant?
- Take a copy of your CV with you.
Advice for the Interview:
- Look your best and dress appropriately.
- SMILE – it makes you feel and appear confident.
- Check your route and parking options before the day and aim to arrive early.
- Remember the interviewer/s name and the vacancy you have applied for.
- Anyone you meet from this moment forward may influence the final decision maker, so be pleasant and chat appropriately to the receptionist etc.
- When responding to questions, think of examples that demonstrate your experience in real-life scenarios.
- Be confident, be yourself and be enthusiastic.
- Find ways to show that you are knowledgeable about the company and that you have prepared for the interview.
- Listen – sometimes, especially when nervous, people actually forget to listen to the questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for something to be repeated if you don’t understand or need clarification.
- At the end of the interview, let them know if you are interested in the job and ask when you will hear from them.
- Don’t forget to say goodbye to reception as you leave, particularly if they have taken care of you whilst you were waiting.