No one likes interviews but the team at Steadfast Training Ltd want to make the process as painless as possible, follow our tips, be yourself, add in some confidence and you will be ready to ace any job interview!
Tip one; Research
Ever heard of the saying ‘fail to plan, plan to fail’? It couldn’t hold any more truth in this situation – going to an interview with no knowledge on the company, industry or position you’ve applied for is setting yourself up for a huge fall.
Before your interview make sure you research the company, find out what they do and try to find their objectives or mission statement. Researching about the industry the company is in may also help you answer any industry specific questions the interviewer may throw at you – remember it’s always better to be over prepared than under prepared!
Tip two; Plan your answers
We know you can’t plan for every question the interviewer will ask you but practising your answers to common interview questions such as ‘What can you bring to the company?’ or the dreaded ‘Do you have any weaknesses?’ will boost your confidence and prevent you from making something up on the spot – not everyone works well under pressure!
Tip three; Look the part
You don’t need a designer suit to look the part, you just need to look smart and professional – make sure your outfit is washed and ironed the night before your interview to avoid any wardrobe induced panic. Ensure your nails are clean (no chipped nail varnish, girls!) and you look presentable- remember to do that last minute spot check before your interview, you don’t want to go in with your lunch stuck in your teeth! Keep your outfit, makeup and hair simple, nothing OTT.
Tip four; Body Language
You want to pull off a good first impression and slouching in your chair with a look of boredom over your face is not the way to go about it. Sit up straight and maintain a good posture throughout your interview, make eye contact and try not to fidget. The interviewer is going to pick someone who is strong in social situations and good body language is the way to show it!
I’m sure you’ve all been told interviewers like a good, firm handshake so don’t give them a limp one! Keep it firm and try to mimic the handshake you receive, don’t go over the top and crush their hand though.
Tip five; Ask Questions
Nearly every webpage giving advice on interviews will tell you to ask questions but we understand it is not that easy, sometimes you just don’t know what to ask. We suggest asking a question related to the position you applied for such as; ‘where will the job fit into the team structure?’ or ‘In what way is performance of my role measured and reviewed?’
There are some questions you should avoid such as asking a question about the company that can be easily found through a bit of online research.
Just remember to speak clearly, arrive on time (plan your route before you leave), sit correctly and stay calm!