Preparing for your interview is something that must not be left to chance. Knowing that you had a very good reason to apply for this particular job in the first place, you wouldn’t want to let yourself down by failing to prepare properly for the interview, would you?
After all, the prospective employer probably has other candidates to interview who will have prepared.
will help you be sure of making the most of your preparation, with sections on what to do before, during, and after the interview. We’ll also show you the most common interview questions and how you can get answer them better than most other people.
The importance of your own closing questions is also not to be underestimated – did you know you can swing the interview your way with the right closing questions?
After the interview there are also several things to do; don’t just walk away and say “thank goodness that’s over”. You’ve got to see what you can learn from every interview you attend.
Do You Really Want The Job?
Let’s be clear, there is absolutely no purpose served in going for the interview unless your objective is to get the job offer.
The most certain way, without exaggeration, to remove most of the stress from the interview, is to feel that you are in control.
You have the most control over when you are certain you will get the job offer. Preparation and a clear objective is your best strategy.
So we will start you off with what you must do before the interview, but before we do that – are you sure you want this job? If you don’t, then ring and cancel the appointment and save everybody’s time.
If you do want the job, then it’s up to you to make sure you prepare well and give yourself the best chance of the job being offered to you.
Think of it like this:
My application said I was the right person for the job – now I’m going to prove it.
I don’t have to accept it but I do not have that choice if it is not offered to me.
Interview skills preparation is easier than you think. Use this information to find out how your interview skills can be improved.
Remember this: even when you have been offered the job, you don’t have to accept it. How’s that for being in control?
Before the Interview
Some people are more relaxed about an interview, and some consider it to be an ordeal; whichever way you view it, it is a crucial part of the process of getting a new job, so you can’t avoid it even if you want to.
If you ever suffer from anxiety or panic attacks before an interview you can find some help online.
Things to consider are what happens before, during, and after the event.
Most importantly, the interview starts from the moment you arrive on site. Consider how you impact the people you meet at the door, in reception, in the lift. You wouldn’t know it but they could all be part of the decision-making process.
- Arrive about 10 minutes early – not too early though or you may appear desperate!
- If travelling by road, make sure you know the way.
- Clean your car – it says something about you if it can be seen when you arrive.
- If you are held up unexpectedly, phone ahead and give a revised arrival time that allows you time to calm down and re-prepare before you are announced.
- While waiting listen to what people are talking about and note how they behave – this can be a useful indicator of the organisational culture.
- Use this time to prepare yourself. Slow down; control your breathing to relax yourself. Go to the bathroom and freshen up if possible – you won’t want to ask to be excused in the middle of the interview!
- Remember, negative first impressions are easy to create, and harder to overturn.
Research the organization well, then think about what they will want to know about you. This will give you some ideas of the questions they will ask, but above all remember there are really only two issues at the interview:
Competence and Compatibility Which do you think is the most important?