Interviews can be scary but the more you prepare, the more confidence you can have! Have a look at our top ten hints to think about and take into your interview!
1. Knowledge of company
This should be some of your homework before the interview – what does the company do? what is the company involved in? what other jurisdictions is the company found in? Have they been in the news recently? You should have the answers to these questions!
Sounds very basic, doesn’t it? But you will be surprised how many candidates go into an interview clueless about the company – don’t be like them, be prepared to wow!
2. Interviewers know how unprepared you are!
Please do your research on the job and industry you are interviewing for, this will be a differentiating point between you and the other candidates. If you can talk about the role and industry as an expert this will go a long way to getting the job. Preparation is key and if you go unprepared, this will be reflected!
3. Attire matters!
This one shouldn’t be news to you! But what you wear in an interview is indeed an important factor, a dress/skirt too short, casual wear, wrinkled shirts – these can all be decisive and reflect your professionalism and character.
4. The interviewers will make an instant decision about you.
Yes, you read that right – interviewers make judgements within 30 seconds of meeting you on whether you will be successful. So, make sure you walk in confidently and give firm handshakes alongside clear and personable hello’s.
5. You must have answers!
Before your interview, really think about your previous experience and how this experience translates into this new role you’re applying for. You should think of some key examples and situations that you can talk about so you can demonstrate your experience.
Never-ever say “I don’t know” in an interview. If you are asked a tricky question, take a deep breath and think about it.
6. Body language speaks loud and clear!
We all get nervous before and during an interview. But it is how you deal with this that will make a difference. Wild hand gestures, stuttering or looking uninterested can turn off interviewers – be open and positive.
7. Employers may have no clue what they are doing.
Surprising, right? How does the employer not know what they are doing?
Well, the interviewers may often be put on the spot to conduct the interview without any training – so they don’t know what questions to ask or even what the role may consist of. But this is where you make a difference – ask questions about the role, about the company’s culture and environment.
Once again confidence in what you say can help them to believe you!
8. Ask questions!!! Ask questions!!! Ask questions!!!
Prepare two or three questions beforehand. If you don’t ask any questions, it shows lack of engagement and interest. Really think about what you want to know and what’s important to you.
But, whatever you do, don’t make your first question about salary! If the salary is not advertised, of course you can ask. Make sure you ask in the right way though! Rather than, “So, how much are you paying?” say something more like this, “The role and the company seem to be a perfect fit for my career move, what is the compensation range?”
9. Interviewers like personable.
It is important to stand out in the recruitment process. How can you do that? Be personable with the interviewers – find common ground (whether you like the same football club, or you have the same work ethics).
10. Following up will make you standout!
Yes!! You have survived the interview! But it doesn’t end here. Send an email thanking the company/interviewer for the opportunity. If you think this is a right fit for you, then express that in the email as well. This will give you extra points!
If you are still feeling nervous and you need help to prepare, reach out we would be more than happy to assist!
Emily Murphy is a recruitment and HR professional who loves to get new careers off to a great start.