Preparing for an interview could be a daunting and nerve-wrecking task to think about.We are inclined to believe that “we are experts at our jobs and will do well” or “we interview many candidates in our current jobs and know how to handle being interviewed”.
The reality is, that it does not necessarily mean that you would excel in being interviewed.
To better prepare yourself for a successful interview, follow these simple steps:
1. Interview Confirmation
Once your interview has been confirmed, book it in your diary/calendar. The last thing you would want is to forget is the interview date and time after you’re your preparations. Ensure that you have the correct venue and or office address as well as directions the day before.
This is one of the fundamental steps in interview preparation and there are a few things that you should research on, which include:
- The Client: Go through their website and current affairs
- Their Competitors: Identify who are their main competitors and what sets them apart from their competitors
- Panel Members: Read up on the members of the panel especially on LinkedIn to ensure you get an understanding and overview of their background and role in the organisation
3. Your Resumé
To avoid guessing in the interview, read through your CV a few times and ensure that you take note of dates, position titles and reasons for leaving.
4. The Job Brief
Read through the specification a few times and familiarise yourself with the deliverable ‘s of the positions. Understand the role and list ways you could add value being in sch a role.
5. Time Management
On the day of the interview, leave home well in advance for the interview to ensure you reach the client at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the interview. This is very important as it speaks to your character and how seriously you regard the meeting.
6. First Impressions
Like the old saying goes “you never get a second chance to make a good first impression”, so you want to really give a lasting impression which also helps set the tone.
- Wear a formal suit, even if you’re going for a junior role – it sends a clear positive message to the client that you are serious about their company, their clients and mostly your own pride and dignity.
- Avoid dazzling colours unless the role calls for flamboyancy
- Ensure that your hair, makeup and nails are neat and looking good
- Make sure your shoes are clean
7. Always have a firm handshake when greeting any staff and be polite
8. During the Interview
- Speak eloquently and be detailed in your answers
- Give examples where necessary as it substantiates your experience and know how
- Avoid chewing gum or eating sweets
- Maintain a professional body language. A balanced upright posture, eye contact ( a very effective way to engage and build repore with the interviewer/s) and refrain from fiddling
Be prepared to ask questions that show you are interested in the company and have researched the position such as reporting line, training, where the role fits in the organisation and opportunities for development.
Many candidates tend to get nervous before going for an interview, but remember that the panel members are just people after all.