So, you’ve been through the application process, crossed the first few hurdles and have secured a job interview — congratulations! Now it’s time to prepare, and we’ve got you covered. Over the next few posts you’ll learn:
- How to prepare your answering technique to the interview questions
- Prepare your own questions for employers
- Make a great first impression
- What to bring to the interview
- Tips on good manners and body language
- How to win them over with your authenticity and positivity
Interviews are not something to be afraid or overly worried about, as we often remind our clients, interviews are a two way street and the interview process is as much about you interviewing the potential employer as it is them interviewing you. The main thing to remember is – just as in your CV – to be truthful and to be yourself during the interview and to take note of the posts over the next few weeks for tips and pointers to help you make the best, truthful impression and have a positive interview experience where the potential employer gets all the information they need about you and you get all the information you need from them.
Tip 2 – Think about answering technique:
Think about the questions you are likely to be asked – especially the common generic type ones and prepare your answers, for example the questions “Tell me about yourself, and why are you interested in this role with our company?”. The idea is to quickly communicate who you are and what value you will bring to the company and the role.
Re-read the job description, you may want to print it out and begin underlining specific skills the employer is looking for and think about examples from your past and current work that align with these requirements. Prepare to be asked about times in the past when you used a specific skill and to tell stories with a clear Situation, Task, Action and Result. Writing out a few examples before the interview can help you respond with good quality answers.
Practise! Actually practising your answers out loud is an incredibly effective way to prepare. Say them to yourself or ask a friend to help run through questions and answers. Ask your friend for feedback in your answers. You’ll find you gain confidence as you get used to saying the words.