If you have been invited for an interview, this is a sign that the company believes you have the potential to do the job. The interview is your chance to prove it!
Before the Interview
Dress smartly - wear a suit if you have one. Ensure that your shoes, hair and nails are clean. Neglecting small details like these projects a bad image of your work abilities.
Be on Time!
- Make sure you know how long you need for travelling and allow for traffic, etc.
- If you get the opportunity, do the journey before the day of the interview
- Aim to be early
- If you find you are going to be late, make sure you ring in and let them know
- Remember you never get a second chance to make a first impression!
By preparing properly, you can be more confident, less nervous and better able to impress.
- Use the Internet to research the company (e.g. its product/services, recent news)
- Read the job description if you have one; otherwise go over the details you do have
- Think up some questions you could ask because the interview is a chance for you to learn about the company as well as for them to find out about you
- Prepare examples to illustrate your skills and experience. Interviewers often ask 'Explain a time when' questions, so make sure you can answer them
- Be ready to answer the standard interview questions:
- Why do you want to work here?
- Where do you see yourself in five years' time?
- What are your strengths / weaknesses?
Relax. If you are too nervous, you won't be able to give your best. Remember that interviewers get nervous too!
Greet your interviewer with a smile and a handshake. Listen carefully to their questions and think before you answer. If you aren't sure what the question requires, ask for clarification.
Body language is a revealing form of communication. You can use it to your advantage by following these tips:
- Smile and be enthusiastic
- Maintain good eye contact, but don't stare
- Relax. Sit comfortably in your chair, but don't slouch or fidget
- Don't cross your arms as this is defensive, so try to keep your hands in your lap
It is likely that you will be invited to ask questions at the end. This is your opportunity to ask a few informed questions that make you a memorable interviewee. You may want to enquire about benefits or career progression.
When the interview is over, thank your interviewer for his/her time and say that you look forward to hearing from them soon. Leave on a positive note.