Tips on smashing that interview
Date Added: July 20, 2021
Attending interviews can be a daunting experience for anyone. Your interview is your one opportunity to impress your possible employer and secure your dream job. It’s time to do your homework! The more you prepare for the interview, the more confident you will be – resulting in a better outcome.
If your interview is face-to-face, it is essential to plan your trip in advance. If it’s an unfamiliar location, do a test journey to limit the risk of being late. If your interview is over video call, make sure you are familiar with the software you are using to avoid any technical difficulties. Take the interview in a quiet location with good Wi-Fi.
It’s also very important to look the part for your interview so opt for a well ironed, formal, conservative outfit. This shows you are serious about the position, confident and take pride in yourself. Body language is also very important in an interview so make steady eye contact, smile and sit up right. You should also mirror your interviewers body language whenever possible. This can unconsciously make them like you more, as they will feel you are on the same wavelength.
Research the Company:
When preparing for your interview, it is essential to do research on the company you are interviewing for. This shows your interest in the company and gives you an upper hand. Research the company’s history, current situation, and future plans. These can be found on the company’s website, social media pages and LinkedIn.
You’ll also need to do lots of research on the role itself. Learn what your responsibilities would be and what your day-to-day tasks would involve? How can your previous experience demonstrate that you are capable to complete this role?
Practice possible interview questions:
Do some research on typical interview questions that may come up. Often candidates don’t always answer the questions in a clear and direct manner. Avoid circling around the question, listen and answer accordingly. Try to use examples of previous experience for all questions. Some common interview questions include:
1. What qualities and experience can you bring to this role?
2. Why do you want to come and work for us?
3. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
4. What is your 5-year plan?
Interview questions to ask:
It is important to remember that the company also needs to impress you and this is your opportunity to ask questions about the role to ensure it’s the perfect job for you. These questions also show your interest in the position and motivation to succeed in the role. Your questions could include:
1. How do you see this role progressing?
2. Can you give me a breakdown of the day-to-day duties and responsibilities?
3. What training schemes do you offer?
4. Can you tell me about the future plans for the company and how it might impact my role?
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