Interviews are great opportunities to learn more about a position for you to ensure it’s the right career move. They should be an exciting experience but they can often be a nervous one.
As with many things, preparation is key…
1. Do your research – research the company and industry thoroughly. Use Google to find recent news articles and LinkedIn to research who you will be meeting. Knowledge is power.
2. Prepare questions – interviews are an important chance for you to ask questions. Write down everything you need to have answered to make the right decision for your career.
3. Dress to impress – always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed. For most opportunities, smart business attire is appropriate but if unsure, double-check what is expected beforehand.
4. Arrive on time – know exactly where and when the interview is and always leave plenty of time. Aim to be there 10 – 15 minutes early and if you are going to be late, ring ahead to let them know.
5. Make a good first impression – be confident. Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake, make eye contact and project a positive attitude.
6. Know the job description – read the job description carefully and know what is required for the role. Your aim is to convince the interviewer you have the required skills – both ‘soft’ and ‘hard’.
7. Close the interview – when it comes to the end, it is critically important you leave a good impression and let your interviewers know you are motivated. Ask about the next steps, expected timescale and if they have any concerns about you. Then reassure them with positive examples.