A job interview can be daunting even for the most experienced candidates. Everyone needs to be well prepared to handle an interview to be able to keep up with the competition.
There is so much advice being shared that it can get overwhelming to decide what’s best or even to just find the time to read it all. We have compiled a few tips that you can benefit from. We hope it helps!
1. Why do you want this job?
It is important to have a purpose in mind and communicate it to the recruiter. You will need to be able to show that you can support the company’s needs. Identify reasons as to why you are the ideal candidate. When a recruiter listens to you, they should clearly see you as the right fit candidate. Share all the skills and strengths that you have accrued through your years of experience or education.
2. Know Every Bit of your CV
Your CV is all the interviewer has to go by in order to get to know you. They may pick things out from it and ask you to elaborate so make sure you know it inside out. It is also vital that you know your strengths and weaknesses because you might be asked to share on how you think they align with your job description.
3. Eat Something
Too many candidates make the mistake of not eating before interviewing and suffer from a lack of attentiveness as a result. Before you go into the interview, eat something as this will improve brain functionality and help you stay alert.
4. Be On-Time
Be on time. Arriving at least 15 minutes early will ensure you have enough time to familiarise with the environment and relax. Save yourself some time in case traffic or other travel issues get in the way.
5. Body Language
Your posture, eye contact, and hand gestures all contribute to the impression you make to the interviewer. Maintaining eye contact shows you’re engaged while listening and confident while speaking.
6. Identify questions to ask your employer
While the main goal of the interview is for an employer to evaluate you as a candidate, it is also one of your few chances to learn more about them. Identify questions that can help you determine if this is the right position for you. Consider asking questions, including asking for a full description of the type of work that you will be doing. It’s important you know the role is right for you as well.
7. After the Interview
At the conclusion of the interview, thank the interviewer for his/her time and find out what the next step will be. Once you have left the building and your interview is over, your next step will be to wait for feedback from the recruiter on whether or not the interview was successful.