Want your next job interview to be a success? Here are some great tips to nail that next interview.
Research the company thoroughly beforehand
Showing an interest in the company that you’re applying for is essential. You’ll likely be asked what you know about the company, so make sure to do your research beforehand. You can do this by going on the company’s website and memorising as much information as you can.
Understand the role
It’s vital that you also know the role you’re applying for and the duties it involves. If you’ve got a copy of the original job description saved, it could be handy to take a look at this to familiarise yourself with the exact duties. Consider all the job requirements and how your experience and expertise may be able to fit.
Prepare answers for the popular trick questions
Some recruiters will ask the popular trick questions such as where you see yourself in five years and what are your weaknesses. These tend to be designed to see how you deal with problems rather than getting any genuine answer out of you. Good responses might include ‘I hope to develop my skills to an expert level and possibly even have my eyes on a management role’ and ‘I’m a bit of a perfectionist’.
Most people know that it’s important to dress smart for an interview, but you should also make sure that you dress appropriately. You can over-dress for certain jobs – a suit may be necessary if the company has a smart casual dress code. At the same time you don’t want to dress too casually.
Plan to get there early
If it takes an hour to get to the location of the interview, leave with two hours to spare. If there’s traffic or train delays or you can’t find the right building, you’ll still have enough time to deal with these inconveniences. Arriving late to an interview is never a good look, while arriving early shows keenness and preparedness.
Treat everyone you meet as your interviewer
If you arrive at the building and have to talk to a receptionist, treat them as you would the interviewer – be confident, polite and friendly. Similarly, if you talk to any colleagues, treat them in the same way. You likely won’t know what your interviewer looks like, plus some interviewers may ask the receptionist and staff for their opinion after.
Show the right body language
It’s worth paying attention not just to your words but your body language. Smiling, maintaining eye contact and sitting straight will show confidence and enthusiasm. These are small things that your interviewer will pick up on.
Send a follow-up thank you email
After the interview, consider thanking the interviewer for the experience via email (if you don’t know their email, message someone at the company and get them to pass on the message). Half of candidates don’t do this and it could help you to stand out by showing keenness and gratitude for the opportunity.