I’m sure we can all agree that interviews can be pretty nerve-wracking, whether it be for a future job or even a course it still gets you nervous! But here are some tips that I personally use to prepare for a job interview, I hope you enjoy!
- First of all, plan what you’re going to wear, never leave it to the last minute because your look will appear rushed making you appear unorganized- not good! Plan a back up outfit too in case of any unforeseen circumstances (e.g. you were going to wear a dress and now it’s pouring down with rain)
- Make some notes about the company you’re applying to work for, when did they start? what do they say about progression opportunities? Is there something that particularly stands out to you on their website?
- Think of some questions to ask your interviewer(s) – This will show that you really are interested in the company/role. For example, “what do you enjoy most about working here?”, “what made you apply to work here?”. Plus it’s like putting them on the spot so a wee bit of sweet revenge for those tough questions they’ve asked you! And makes you feel more comfortable because now the spotlight’s on them.
- Sit back, sitting on the edge of the chair makes you come off as nervous, the interviewer just wants to get to know you, get to understand how/if you would fit in the role.
- Greet them with a firm handshake – again this shows confidence and makes you seem affirmative also.
- The latest time to arrive (in my opinion) is half an hour before the interview, you want to get there early to show you’re eager and also punctual (you’re not gonna be one of those always calling in late). Plus the extra time gives you time to relax knowing that you’ve found where you need to go and you can go over your notes, questions, etc and get a feel for the place you’ll potentially be working.
- Have a copy of your CV handy, there might be a second person interviewing you who has not seen your CV and it will impress them that you’ve got it handy!
- Maintain eye-contact, you’ve got no need to me intimidated, you’re the right person for this job, you want this job and you’re going to get this job.