So, you’ve written your CV, applied for a job and you’ve been called for interview – don’t panic! Interview nerves, no matter how senior or junior you are, are extremely common but the key to performing well and controlling any nerves is being prepared. Our top tips for achieving the best interview possible are:
Be on time! If unfamiliar with the location print out a map and give yourself extra time in case you have difficulties finding it / get stuck in traffic etc. Being late will not only annoy the interviewer, make him/her question your planning and organisational ability but will also be stressful for you which could affect your performance during the interview.
No matter what type of job you are interviewing for you should always dress smartly and professionally.
Always research the company. Look at their website and at relevant press articles and if appropriate refer to in the interview. Research should be conducted a few days before the interview to ensure you have enough time to research and commit relevant points to memory.
It may sound silly but make sure to read over your CV. Remember this is the document the interviewer has in front of him/her.
You need to be able to discuss what you have accomplished and in particular how it relates to this organisation and position.
It is important to understand that the interviewer/ interview panel no matter how many questions he/she asks is trying to assert:
- Can you do the job?
- Will you add value to the organisation?
- Will you fit?
Therefore you need to be able convince the interviewer that the answer to each of these three questions is YES.
To do that you need to demonstrate
- Your Knowledge
- Your Skills
- Your Motivation
- Your Strengths
Make sure that you can show why you should be the successful candidate with examples to demonstrate all the above. Relate them to the role and organisation.
Be prepared to discuss mistakes you’ve made and be able to explain how you solved them – the interviewer will be more concerned with how you rectified the problem rather than the problem itself.
Understand the things you don’t like doing, or are not so good at. There is nothing wrong with knowing what you like and dislike. Equally be able to demonstrate why and what you have enjoyed, got the most from in previous roles.
Most interviewers will give the candidate an opportunity to ask questions.
Use it – Asking questions shows a genuine interest. An example of such questions could include:
Is this a new role or why has the position become available?
What is the career progression with this role?
What are the key challenges facing this role?
Don’t expect in-depth salary discussions in an initial interview itself, however be prepared to indicate your expectations.
Be confident – you were called for the interview for a reason – your CV impressed – so just stay calm and show them why they should hire you!
We hope you found this useful, but if you think there are other issues or topics we should look at, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to address them.