Regardless of the sector you want to work in, the chances are good that you will face stiff competition from fellow applicants next time you apply for a job. Getting an interview in itself can seem like a victory at times these days thanks to intricate HR systems that many companies now use to filter applications. So, when you do get a chance to show a company what you’re all about, you’ll want to be bang on the money from the moment you walk through the door of the interview room.
- Do your homework
Research the company that is interviewing you. An old chestnut, but it’s one that will stand you in good stead if you heed the advice. Showing that you know a lot about the company proves that you are serious about the role.
- Memorise your CV
Just because you have it down on paper doesn’t mean that questions regarding your previous work experience or qualifications won’t come up. Dithering over the answers will not go down well.
- Research the job
Is there anything else you can find out about the role before you enter the lion’s den? Do a bit of digging and learn all that you can about the job prior to the interview. Again, this will demonstrate to the person interviewing you that you are serious about the job.
- Paint a picture
No, don’t take an easel with you. What we mean is you must give good examples to back any claims you make. Putting a story alongside facts and figures on your resume will help the interviewer envisage how you can be of benefit to their company.
- Be prepared
Have everything you need for the interview ready and to hand the night before your interview. Directions, clothes, and anything else you’ll need should not be stressing you out minutes before you have to leave home.
- Be open
First impressions count, so make sure that you appear to be open and friendly to your interviewer. Greet them with a smile and a handshake before you get down to the nitty-gritty.
- Use your eyes
Making eye contact with your interviewer shows that you have strength of character and confidence. There’s no need to overdo it, but making eye contact whenever it is comfortable to do so will definitely help to send out the right signals.
- Be aware of other non-verbal communication
Body language is something that many interviewers study so be sure to brush up on yours before your interview. Sit up straight and maintain an alert posture throughout the interview.
- Don’t act
Regardless of how badly you want the job, it is always important to be yourself. You can’t keep an act up forever so it’s pointless starting out this way. If you don’t click with the interviewer, that’s too bad. Just remember that there are other jobs out there if you persevere.
- Do follow up
Handwritten notes directly after the interview are a great way to keep you at the forefront of the employer’s mind. All you need to do is thank them for their time; no more, no less.
OK, so this one might not be directly related to the actual interview, but it is still important. Once the interview is finished, try not to sweat it too much. What’s done is done. Relax and look forward to hearing their response, you’ll feel better if you do.