Here are our best interview tips to land that new job.
1. Research. You’d be surprised at how many people undervalue this step. Before your interview, research standard interview questions and make sure you’ve got a firm grasp on the company and role that you’re applying for. Have an idea of company culture and overall strategic direction the organisation has. When you go for your interview, knowledge of the company and role will not only impress the interviewer, but give you time to tailor your elevator pitch to align with these.
2. Prepare. Make sure you give yourself time to pratise answers to the questions you’ve researched, and know things like your strengths and weaknesses, why you’re best suited for the role, what sets you apart, etc. and try to squeeze out as much detail as you can so you can recall and expand on it later on. On the day of the interview, know what you’re going to wear (it’s better to overdress than underdress!), re-read your CV, and don’t forget to grab a bite to eat so you’re not thinking about food every other minute!
3. Nail that first impression. Whether you like it or not, people can develop a long lasting opinion of you within the first moments of meeting. Assuming you’ve already dressed to impress, make sure you arrive on time, smile, give a firm handshake, maintain eye contact, and be able to engage in small talk. Confidence is key, so if you don’t have it, fake it till you make it!
4. Stay calm. We know how nerve-wracking interviews can be, especially when your future career is in the hands of the person in front of you! However, the interviewer is only human, so take a deep breath and stay calm. Listen intently, give honest answers, convey open and friendly body language, remember your manners, and remain positive! As always, it doesn’t hurt to expect the unexpected so you’re not caught off guard.