Getting an interview can be exciting and scary, so here are a few tips to help you at your next interview.
Review the typical interview questions employers ask and practice your answers. When answering any question, link it back to an example from your career or voluntary work.
Research the company and the interviewer and relay this information, where appropriate, within the interview. The interviewer will see that you have done your homework and that you are genuinely interested in the business.
Don’t wait until the last minute to sort your interview outfit and print extra copies of your CV (if this has been requested). Having everything ready for a last-minute interview reduces interview stress.
Be early for your interview as it shows the interviewer and the company you are punctual. If you have to drive to the interview, it is better to leave too much time than arrive late.
Try to stay calm at the interview and maintain eye contact with the person asking the questions.
It’s always a nice feeling when you’re invited to an interview with a prospective employer. In most cases, it means they liked your cover letter and your CV, so if you can impress them in the interview, then the job could well be yours. To make sure you don’t fluff your lines, follow our advice below:
Listen Carefully to the Questions
No matter how nervous you are on the day, the most important thing is to remember to listen. Every time an interviewer asks a question you have the opportunity to impress them, so listen and think about your response first, rather than panicking and rushing in with an unimpressive answer.
You have to show you’re interested in their business and the role itself, and by asking questions and creating a more casual dialogue, you can make a positive impression on the interviewer.
Make Eye Contact
Eye contact can show you’re confident in your abilities, and answering a question correctly is one thing, but eye contact can show you truly believe in your skills, and it will give the interviewer more confidence in you.
Tell them your Experiences
An interview is the perfect opportunity to use real life experiences to make your case. Before an interview make notes on your experiences, such as when you solved a problem or achieved something noteworthy.