You’ve finally done it. You’ve landed the interview that hopefully is going to lead you to get your dream job. Now comes the hard part: the interview itself. Essentially, it’s the interview that can either make or break your chances of winning the role you’ve had your eye on for a while, so it pays to come prepared.
You’ve finally done it. You’ve landed the interview that hopefully is going to lead you to get your dream job. Now comes the hard part: the interview itself. Essentially, it’s the interview that can either make or break your chances of winning the role you’ve had your eye on for a while, so it pays to come prepared. Nerves can take over so thorough preparation can very often help you feel more relaxed, ensuring the best delivery possible. Here are some tips for how you can ace that interview and secure that job you’ve always dreamed of.
If you’re going to work for a company or organisation, you’re going to have to know all about it. Become familiar with its past performance, its current projects, mission statement as well as its future plans. Not only because it’s good to know the details of the place where you might be spending a considerable amount of your time, but because the more you know, the clearer it’ll be whether or not it’s a good fit for you. Showing that you’ve thoroughly researched the company during your interview will signal to your interviewer that you’re not only serious about the role, but that you believe you and the company are a good match.
Practice makes perfect
Practising beforehand will help you feel more confident during your interview and hopefully more comfortable when answering your interviewer’s questions. Get a friend to ask you some commonly asked interview questions so you can practise your responses. They can then give you feedback and you can work on your answers so that if you’re asked any of those questions, the answers will come more naturally. Having practised before your interview, you will come across as being polished and the effort you’ve put in will show too. Come prepared to answer a range of different questions because you never know exactly what questions will come your way.
Helpful hint: It’s always useful to come prepared with a few questions of your own to ask the interviewer.
Make it personal
In recent times, interviews have become far more behavioural based. Interviewers no longer expect simple answers, but rather ones that, where possible, incorporate personal examples of your previous experiences. This enables them to get a better understanding of how your skills have been put to use in the past, and examples can also help highlight your strengths and weaknesses. They also want to see how you’ve dealt with certain situations in the past to gauge how you might handle them should similar occurrences take place were you to get the job. Most importantly, personal examples will make you seem more credible and far more relatable.
First impressions last
People tend to form opinions within a few minutes of meeting someone so you want to ensure that you’re painting a flattering picture, particularly when applying for a job. Make sure you arrive on time (a few minutes early is best) and if you’re not sure how to get there, try a practice run a few days before. Looking the part is also key to a successful interview. You’ll want to look like you’ve put in some effort when it comes to how you present yourself, so make sure you look neat and clean. A firm handshake when meeting your interviewer for the first time and frequent eye contact throughout the duration of the exchange will send the message that you’re confident and that this job is one you really want.
There’s a lot riding on how you handle yourself in an interview so give yourself the best chance of success possible and arrive prepared. Lastly, embrace those nerves as very often they’re just what you need to spur you on and impress.
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