Preparation is the key to a successful interview and controlling your nerves. Below is a list of tips to ensure a successful interview.
Research on the internet and the company website:
You will be able to confidently talk about the company in interview if you have done your research!
Interview questions can be daunting, especially if you are not prepared. The most common interview style is the behavioural interview. Behavioural questions give a future employer a chance to see how you respond to a scenario, drawing from your past working experience.
To help you, we have provided a list of common behavioural interview questions. We suggest you print these off and write answers for each question. Once you are happy with your answers practice by reading them out aloud.
This will allow your subconscious to retain the information and you will avoid the post-interview regret, “I wish I had answered that question better.”
There are plenty of horror stories of candidates arriving at interview wearing inappropriate clothing, too much makeup, overpowering fragrance, smelling of cigarettes, chewing gum, arriving late… the list goes on. Make sure this is not you.
Be remembered for all of the right reasons. Keep your look professional, simple and smart.
The last thing you want to do minutes before your interview is forget the names of the people interviewing you. Avoid the embarrassment by preparing interview information.
Remember to have the basic details written down and take them with you:
By preparing this information you leave nothing to chance!
Don’t get caught out!
When you are greeted by the receptionist and/or interviewers, smile, have eye contact, give a confident handshake and follow their lead through to the interview room.
Body language is key to a successful interview.
If your body language shows that you are interested, genuine and honest, you will put the interviewer at ease.
You can do this through eye contact, smiling, being open with your body language and using their name. If you are in front of a panel of interviewers ensure that you communicate to them all.
This validates your enthusiasm and interest.
Some examples could be:
Make sure that you exit the interview as you came in; smile, have a confident handshake and keep good eye contact. Show that you are interested in the position by saying “Thank you for your time today, I look forward to hearing from you.”
Thank the receptionist on the way out; they may potentially give this feedback to the interviewers.
Walk out confidently.