Congratulations, you have successfully mastered the art of CV writing and job applications and now you’re receiving requests for job interviews. Now it’s time to know how to succeed at the interview.
Job interviews can be difficult no matter how many times you have done them. You are constantly meeting new people, you have to stay enthusiastic throughout each interview and you have to sell yourself.
However, there are some ways to make the job interview process easier and less stressful. Devote some time prior to the interview to prepare yourself and you’ll be able to nail the interview.
Tip 1: Do the research
It is very important in the interview to show that you’ve done your research. It shows that you’re enthusiastic and interested in the job. The more research you conduct the more you’ll understand the company, the role, and what is expected of you. This will make you feel a lot more comfortable during the interview and, therefore, more likely to be able to answer the interview questions as well as ask insightful questions.
The best source of company information will probably be their website. However, sometimes the information found on a company website can be limited. In that case you can do a Google search and read news and articles on the company. Another good source of company information is their social media accounts, through which you can better understand the company’s culture. You can also search your network for someone who works there or knows the company and ask them some questions about it.
Tip 2: Review common interview questions
Another key component of success in an interview is practicing answering typical questions. The goal is to try to determine what you’ll be asked and prepare and practice your answers to these questions. You want to keep your answers short, concise and to the point. You don’t want to bore the interviewer to the point that they tune you out. Focus on your accomplishments and relate them to the vacant position. Utilize body language. Maintain eye contact and be mindful of the way you’re sitting.
Tip 3: Arrive on time, relaxed and prepared
Ideally, you need to arrive 15 minutes before the interview. It gives you enough time to get settled and be ready. There is no excuse for being late. Being late because of traffic is not an acceptable excuse. It will make you appear unprofessional and poor at organization and time management. So, take traffic into consideration and leave ahead of time. Finally, before you enter the interview venue put your phone on silent. You may want to avoid consuming caffeine prior to the interview as it tends to accelerate heart rate which could make you appear more nervous.
Tip 4: Ask insightful questions
Usually, at the end of the interview the interviewer will give you a chance to ask questions. Studies show that an interviewer can often tell if a candidate is interested in the position by whether or not they ask questions. Therefore, you must ask a few questions even if the interviewer had answered them during the course of the interview. This shows that you’re curious and very interested in the job. So, prepare a few questions to ask at the end of the interview beforehand and add to them any questions that might arise during the interview.
To summarize, a successful job interview takes research, practice and preparation. The more effort and enthusiasm you put into the job interview the better your chances of being hired.