Being interviewed for a new role can be daunting for even the most seasoned job seeker.
The following tips and techniques will ensure you are well prepared to make a good impression when it counts.
Research the employer or position before the interview
Take the time to research the organisation you are being interviewed by. Review trade publications or business journals and log on to the company website to learn as much as you can about the company, its industry and its reputation.
Contact the organisation's human resources department to request a copy of the job description for the role you are applying for. These often outline key aspects of the job, the skills needed to successfully fill the position and any qualifications that are required.
Provide plenty of details and examples or 'scenarios'
A common mistake of interviewees is not providing enough information or giving specific examples when asked a question by an interviewer.
To combat this, think of a few common questions an interviewer might ask and have a 'bank' of answers or examples you could give should these or similar questions be asked during the interview.
Examples of these questions could include 'why should we hire you over other applicants?' or 'what qualities can you bring to the role or company?'
Have a list of your strengths in mind, as these are excellent answers to both these common interview questions. Give a number of both professional and personal strengths, as these will give you the appearance of being a 'well-rounded' candidate.
Pepper your answers with 'scenarios' of how you have put these strengths into practice to give added depth, showcasing your experience in similar situations.
However nerve-racking interviews can be, ensure you answer your interviewer's questions clearly and concisely.
Showing you have your nerves under control proves you can maintain your professionalism and remain clear-headed under pressure.
A confident candidate will outshine other applicants.
Maintaining eye contact, a firm handshake and a genuine smile will give you the edge over your competitors in an interview situation.
Don't confuse confidence with arrogance, which could see your interviewer discount you as having a bad attitude.
Employers expect a good candidate to be genuinely interested in their company and in the role they have advertised.
Prior to the interview, compile a short list of questions you would like to ask about the role or the organisation.
These could include what your employer's expectations are for the role and how your performance would be measured. Queries on organisational culture and work/life balance are also valid questions.
Leave the question of salary until second interview stage to avoid appearing too pushy.
Follow up with a thank you
Follow up your meeting with a thank you note to each of the people who interviewed you.
This professional courtesy is an opportunity to restate how you can contribute to the organisation's success and express your enthusiasm for the position.
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