You only get one chance to make a good impression, they say and during an interview, it’s imperative to get it right. To maximise your chances of success in securing the roles you really want, it’s a good idea to brush up on your interview skills beforehand.
This is an opportunity for the company to find out about you and your suitability for the role. However, it’s also a chance to determine if the position will provide the challenges and job satisfaction you are looking for. To this end, we’ve got a few tips to help you prepare:
Do your research
Research the company prior to the interview; view their website and familiarise yourself with their background, products and services. Then visit LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to view interactions from the company with their customers to gain a different perspective into the organisation.
Questions and answers
Initial research will give you the insights you need to prepare responses to possible questions, as well as posing your own to ask. Be prepared to talk confidently about your skills and offer examples of your experience that are relevant to the role.
In the majority of cases, smart business attire is a must for an interview. You should be well groomed with tidy hair; shoes should be clean and any make-up, jewellery and nail polish simple.
If you’re carrying a portfolio or papers to the interview, transport them in a suitable case or folder.
Nothing makes a bad first impression like arriving late or flustered. So plan your journey beforehand to ensure you arrive a few minutes early and allow extra time for any unforeseen delays.
Your behaviour will be under the spotlight during an interview. When you arrive, greet your interviewers politely, accompanied by a strong positive handshake. Check how to pronounce their names correctly if you’re unclear, to ensure you get off on the right foot.
It’s natural to feel nervous or uncomfortable about interviews. But following these expert tips will help you make a great first impression… who knows, you might even enjoy the process!