We all know that going to an interview can be daunting and stressful so we have included some tips to help you out with your next interview
Do your Research
Okay, so you’ve made it to the interview stage. In preparing for your interview, you should always find out as much as you can about your prospective employer and write down some key points and ask some questions about the company. This is a good way to show your interest in the company and prospective employer.
Preparing for your interview
Remember that getting nerves before an interview is completely natural and it shows that you care about the outcome of the interview. Also remember that you have been invited along to the interview, this is a good sign that the prospective employer thinks that you are worth their time based on your resume and any screening that they have completed with you, so at this stage, give yourself a pat on the back that you have been chosen for an interview over other applicants!
Improve your Interview Technique
Take the time to prepare for your interview. Know what’s on your resume so that you can answer any questions about it, have a think about the way you present yourself, including your body language during the interview, write down some notes about the company and position to improve your knowledge about the company and the position you’re applying for. While interviewing, don’t use slang or abbreviations, don’t chew gum or drink coffee, speak clearly and if you need to think about a response to a question, that’s fine – it’s better to prepare your answer rather than stumble on your words. Make sure that you are paying attention to the questions, it can be easy to get distracted during an interview but if you do your best to listen to what the interviewer is asking, it will be easier to frame the response. Take a note pad and pen to take down any important information but don’t get carried away with writing a novel – this can be a distraction so only dot-points.
The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one and the first judgement an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. Think about your outfit on the day and depending on where and what the job entails, make sure that you dress appropriately. Try to avoid things like bright colours, heavy make-up, un-groomed facial hair and too much perfume / not enough deodorant.
Print out some interview questions (available online) and ask a family member or friend to help you practice and generate ideas about the responses to the questions. This will help with frazzled nerves and preparing the appropriate responses.
Group Interview / Panel Interview
Interviewing with one person is hard enough so it can be daunting when it is a group or panel interview. Whilst interviewing, try to connect with each person in the room by responding to the person who asked the question but also making eye contact with all of the other people in the room. In preparation for the interview, try to find out who the interviewers will be and find out what position they hold within the organisation, during the interview each person should explain their position and role within the organisation so try to show interest or ask them some questions about their role and time with the organisation.
Take the time to say ‘Thank You’
When the interview is over, take the time to thank the interviewer, this will not only show good interview etiquette, it reinforces your interest in the position and organisation. You may also consider sending a thank you letter or email and while doing so, it is also a good opportunity to ask any questions that you may have forgotten to ask during the interview. Keep in mind that your thank you letter / email should be brief and simple – a couple of short paragraphs is plenty.
Avoid Interview Mistakes
Make sure that you are on time, being late to an interview suggests poor time management skills and shows a lack of respect towards the company, position and the interviewer. Don’t take in any foods or drinks and ditch the chewing gum! Don’t forget to turn off your phone, even before you go into the interview make sure that you don’t play with your phone (even in the waiting room) this can come across as disrespectful. Make sure that you do your research about the company and position so that you can at least answer the basic question of ‘what do you know about the company’ – this is a basic interview technique that interviewers use to assess your interest in the company. Don’t zone out during an interview, it’s easy to get distracted but there’s nothing worse than having to ask for the question again – stay focussed and don’t fidget too much! Keep your answers simple – there’s nothing worse than going on and on during an interview so focus on the question at hand and keep it simple, if the interviewer wants to know more, they will ask.
We hope that this information was helpful to you and wish you all the very best with gaining employment.