You saw a job offer, you applied, your CV blew your future employer away, you got an interview and now you need to ace it to get the job. Interviews can be quite intimidating, but in the end, success comes down to being well prepared, likeable and confident. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind.
• Confidence is key
Your interview depends on the impression you make. Make sure not to fumble while speaking. First impressions are very important and if you’re confident about yourself, your employers will have confidence in you.
• Dress well, dress smart
Interview clothes should always look professional, be comfortable and make you feel confident. Find out what the company culture is like and how people dress before deciding on what you’ll wear. Think formal for corporate jobs and opt for business casuals in others.
• Honesty is the best policy
Gaps or detours in your CV are no reason to freak out. If you got the interview, they clearly liked your profile and want to get to know you better. Be honest and explain what you learned during that time-off and how it will benefit you in the job you’re applying for.
• Speak slowly, speak surely
It goes without saying that you have to tell the interviewer about yourself, why you should be hired and what your career goals are. Practice your answers prior to the interview and speak slowly and confidently. Remember, what you show is what they see.
• Trust your nerves
It’s okay to be nervous. You’ve gone over a thousand scenarios in your head and feel like you’ve never been more ready but can’t get rid of those nervous butterflies when you walk in the door to start the interview. Relax, it’s a natural response.
• Avoid being overtly casual
Don’t be late, rude or talk bad about your former workplace. It helps if you’re not too uptight but lying, oversharing, making inappropriate jokes or dominating the conversation are excellent ways to make a bad impression!
• Have a question ready
Never turn down the opportunity to ask a question when the interviewer inquires if you have any. It’s a great way to, if only for a minute, turn the tables a little bit and see how they respond.
• Make sure you follow up
Your interview went good and you’re feeling confident about that job. Don’t slow down here, follow up with your future employers through text or mail in a short while to enquire how you did and what to expect. Responsibility is an important trait to have.