Congratulations, you’ve made it to the interview stage of your job hunting process! Now what do you do? Before you let the nerves kick in, check out this list of interview tips that will help you land the job!
Practice, practice, practice!
It can be very helpful to hold practice interviews with a friend or colleague before you go to the actual interview. This way you can practice responses to typical job interview questions and answers that will set you apart from the rest of the candidates. Make a list of concrete examples you can use to highlight your skills. A great way to do this is to construct a list of the job requirements and match them with your experience. When you provide evidence of your past success, it is a great way to promote yourself! Make sure you also have a list of your own questions ready to ask the employer.
For examples of the most commonly asked interview questions, follow this link.
Not sure what types of questions to ask the employer during the interview? Have a look at this comprehensive guide.
Research the Company.
Researching the company is part of the preparation process before the interview. Employers want to make sure you did your homework and understand what the company does and the industry that they work in. You need to be prepared for the question, ‘What do you know about this company?’ It is important to do research so that you can showcase and relate what you’ve learned about the company throughout the interview process. Take some time to visit the company’s official website and write down any key information you think may be useful during the interview.
Get Ready ahead of Time.
It is never a good idea to wait last minute to pick an outfit, print out a copy of your CV or find a notebook and pen. Make sure you have one great interview outfit ready so you can be prepared to interview on short notice without the stress of deciding on what to wear. The night before the interview make sure you have everything ready, your outfit is neat and appropriate for the type of company you are interviewing with. Bring extra copies of your CV and always bring a pen and paper for note taking as well as questions and information you prepared for the interview.
The Balance has a great article about appropriate interview attire for all different types of interviews.
Being early for an interview is crucial in the selection process as it shows that you are reliable and punctual. Make sure to arrive five to ten minutes early. If needed, take some time the day before to find the interview location to ensure you know exactly how long it takes to get there and where to go. Being early allows you to visit the restroom, inspect your outfit and calm your pre-interview nerves.
It is important to stay as calm as possible during the interview. Try to relax and remember that your body language shows as much about you as your answers to the questions. If you have properly prepared, it will be evident in the confidence you exhibit. If you feel flustered, take a minute to relax. All interviewers have been in your shoes at one point and understand that it can be very nerve-racking! Ensure to maintain eye contact with the interviewer(s), be active and listen to the entire question before you answer.
Here are some great tips for avoiding job interview stress and to help calm your nerves.
Share your Knowledge.
Make sure to relate what you have researched about the company when you are answering questions. When you speak about your career accomplishments, match them to the job description for the position you’re applying for. Use examples from your research such as, ‘From the research I did, I noticed that your customer satisfaction ratings improved when you implemented your new software system last year. I am familiar with the latest technologies from my experience at X-Company developing software.’ This is your time to shine and match the company’s requirements to your expertise!
Make sure to always follow up with the interviewer(s) with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position. If you forgot to mention any important details during the interview, this is also a time to include them. If you were interviewed by more than one person, do not send out a mass email, but rather send a personalised note. Make sure this is done within 24 hours of your interview.
Now that you know the top tips for a successful interview, start preparing and researching and relax! You’ll do great!