It’s natural to be stressed before a big job interview. Avoid the trauma and panic by following these six easy to follow tips:
Consider what questions you may be asked in advance, and rehearse your answers. Do this in the shower, in the car, in front of the mirror – whatever works best for you!
Also, think about some interesting questions you’d like to ask the employer as you will inevitably be asked if you have any questions.
Research the company, the industry (if it’s new to you), and if possible, the interviewer. Use your new found
Use your new found knowledge to build rapport with the interviewer, move on to things you may have in common.
Check out the company’s website and social media channels, show how thorough you have been in your research.
Arrive on time (Early)
That’s not to say you should turn up half an hour early! Five minutes early will do just fine!
Make sure you have everything ready to go well in advance of leaving home for the interview and aim to be outside the building 15-20 minutes before your interview is scheduled to start. It’s no hardship to be sat outside in the car for 10 minutes doing some final prep, rather than sweatily dashing in without a minute to spare.
Finally, nothing says “don’t hire me” than being late. Don’t do it. There’s no excuse!
Relax and stay calm during your interview. You aren’t only displaying your ability to do the job, but also fit into the team.
Try to assimilate as much as possible. Balance your behaviour with that of the interviewer. Take your lead from them.
Don’t panic and start talking a million words a minute. Listen carefully to what the interviewer is asking, and give them the response they want.
Remember that you have two ears, and only one mouth!
Demonstrate your ability and knowledge
You’ve done the prep, you can do the job and you are relaxed in the interview environment. Remember to concisely demonstrate that you HAVE done the preparation and that you CAN do the job!
Don’t sell yourself short, and show what an asset to the business you’d be!
Drop the interviewer an email, directly or through your recruitment agent to thank them for their time and reiterate your interest in the position.
Try to do this within 24 hours of the interview.
If you’ve got an interview, the chances are the employer thinks you look good “on paper”. Remember this, and be confident. Be yourself, and remember, it’s as much about you finding out about the company as it is about them finding out about you!