An Interview – Top Tips on How to Prepare
6th February 2020
An interview can be a nerve-racking experience, we’ve all been through them, but some people undoubtedly perform better than others when put under pressure. If you’re thinking about changing jobs, then these handy tips will help you ace your interview.
Do your research
Spending a quick five minutes on the company website doesn’t make the grade in today’s recruitment world. You need to delve deeper into the company. Look them up on social media, see who works there, look up the owners and even their performance records. This will give you a better understanding of the business.
Look the part
The first thirty seconds of an interview is crucial. You need to make a great first impression and how you look is a big part of this. Be sure to dress appropriately, smart office wear is generally expected at interviews, but this obviously depends on the position you’re applying for. If you’re unsure of the dress code check before your interview.
Practice your answers
It may sound silly to practice your answers before you know the questions but if you practice answering common interview questions you will be prepared if they do come up. You should always be prepared to answer questions about your strengths and weaknesses, why you are leaving your current position and why you would be right for the role.
Interviews can be stressful. Most people will get nervous but being prepared will help you stay calm. Practice your answers and plan your outfit the night before. You should also plan your route and leave plenty of time to allow for delays. Remember that your interviewer(s) are human too so they may also be nervous.
Be aware of yourself
It’s not just the way you answer questions that will be scrutinised during your interview. The way you conduct yourself says a lot about you as a person. You can look uninterested if you sit back in your chair with your arms folded. Ensure you make eye contact with your interviewer(s) and smile. When answering questions lean forward to show you’re committed to the conversation.
As the interview comes to a close most interviewers will ask if you have any questions so it’s important to have some prepared. Prepare five questions which will give you more insight into the company, its goals, progression, culture or structure. During the interview, some questions may get answered. Save a question for the end to show your interest in the position.
Leave a lasting impression
Your interviewer is likely to be seeing other candidates who have applied for the same position. It is important to leave a lasting impression and stand out from the crowd. We don’t mean do cartwheels or your best magic trick but make sure you connect with the interviewer. This is key to sticking in their minds. The conversation you have as they walk you out of the building can be just as important as the interview itself, so don’t just leave in silence!