So they’ve seen your CV, you have the skills and experience they are looking for, and now you have an interview. This is your chance to really show them who you are and what you can bring to the company. While feeling a little nervous is completely natural, here are a few interview tips to help you overcome your nerves and convince your interviewer that you’ll be a valuable additional to their organisation.
Preparation is Key
Research the company thoroughly in advance. Check out their website and any trade publications, make sure you at least know what business they are in. Read your CV and the job advert the night before your interview, and take them with you so that you can re-read them while you wait in reception and refer to them during your interview.
Why should they hire you?
Look at the job advert. Do they specify the qualities they are looking for? How do you meet these requirements? Be prepared to talk in depth about skills and experience that are relevant, and think about times in previous roles where you have demonstrated the required skills.
Your interviewer is thinking about what you are like to work with and how you would fit into the team. Don’t say anything bad about your previous employer or colleagues (even if they were a nightmare!). Your interviewer wants someone who can handle a challenge professionally, with enthusiasm and a positive attitude.
Don’t sit back with your arms folded, staring at the floor. Sit up straight with your hands rested gently on your lap. Make steady eye contact throughout your interview. Be animated when you talk and remember to smile!
The ‘Killer’ Question
Your interviewer is likely to ask you at least one ‘difficult’ question. ‘What is your biggest strength/weakness?’, ‘Tell me about a problem you encountered, and how you used your skills to overcome it.’ Google some common interview questions before your interview, and think about what your responses would be.
Show interest. Ask your interviewer questions about their role, for example: How long have they been working there? What do they like best about working there? Do they feel that career progression is achievable within the company?
If you don’t understand the meaning of a particular question, ask them to clarify. Don’t be afraid to ask when you will hear whether or not you’ve been successful.
Ask your interviewer for a business card and follow up with a thank you email. Say how much you enjoyed meeting them, how interested you are in the company and take the opportunity to remind them of the qualities that you could bring to the role.
Good luck with your interview!
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