PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE
Find out who will be conducting the interview and their roles. If you are facing multiple interviewers, they will all be there for different reasons – so think about what they will want to hear from you. Find out as much as you can about the business (ask other people, research websites, marketing material, know their history, their products, their key customers, the senior leadership team, etc..). Make sure you know how to get to the interview location and get there really early.
Even if the business has a very casual dress code, this does not mean you should dress as they do. It is important that you are smart and well groomed. Whether you wear a suit or something more casual make sure it is appropriate, and you feel great.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
Make sure you present yourself with real confidence from the moment you step in the building. Stand up straight, make eye contact, and connect well with a firm handshake and strong smile.
MANAGE YOUR NERVES
If you are nervous before an interview, do not worry you are not alone. It shows that you really care about the role but don’t let your nerves create the wrong impression. If you are well prepared, you will feel more in control. Remember to relax your body, breathe deeply, relax your voice, smile and try to enjoy it!
From the very start of your interview, the interviewers will be giving you lots of information, directly and indirectly. If you are not listening actively, you may miss some valuable information and an opportunity to set yourself apart (there is lots of relevant content in our Communication Skills section).
DON’T TALK TOO MUCH
If you are not well prepared you may ramble and tell the interviewers more than they need or, indeed, want to hear. You have two ears and one mouth – so use them in those proportions to avoid talking yourself out of your dream job! Answer questions clearly and succinctly and if you are unsure of a question – apologise and ask for clarification or more details.
USE APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE
Remember this is a business meeting. However friendly the interviewers, they are not your new mates. Be enthusiastic and energised asking and answering questions well but don’t be familiar. It is very likely that industry language and jargon will be used during the interview but ensure you avoid any sloppy or offensive language.
Interviewers often ask for specific examples of a time when you did something. These behavioural interview questions are designed to draw out examples of your past behaviours and prove you have the ability and skills they require. Think carefully about what and why they are asking these questions and share your examples with confidence. When you are asked if you have any questions, do not say “NO”. Asking questions is your opportunity to show interest and also to find out if this is actually the right role and company for you. Prepare several questions in advance.
DON’T APPEAR DESPERATE
Even if this is the perfect job for you stay calm, cool and confident. If you know you can do the job well, make sure the interviewers understand and believe in you.
FOLLOW UP AND FEEDBACK
It shows good manners and professionalism to thank the interviewers after the event. A quick phone call or email to say how much you enjoyed meeting them and finding out about the role will be well received. This is not the time to share new information so keep it short and to the point. Whether you are successful or not (we are sure you will be!) – ask for feedback from the interviewers, it is always good to understand how we came across and what we could do differently next time.
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