When it comes to preparing for an interview, it can feel like the only thing you need to do is settle your nerves. But there are plenty of things you can do to better your chances of a successful interview. Some preparation, research, and taking your time will put you in a strong position every time.
Learn About The Business
When you’re in an interview situation of the time you are going to be asked if you know anything about the company you are interviewing with. The only answer to this question is yes. You don’t need to know everything about the whole history of the business and the entire workforce by name. But if you don’t know a little bit about the company and what they do, as well as the job role you’re applying for, then you’re going to be at a disadvantage. Most companies will be impressed that you took the time to do your homework, you can even add some facts into the mix relevant to your industry such as top IoT software development companies or the most popular interior design companies if you’re keen to really make an impression!
It’s 2019 so stereotypical attire is out of the equation, but you can certainly make a good impression by turning up to an interview clean and tidy at the very least. It shows respect and that you are actually trying your absolute best. Showing you care about the interview and really want that job can go a long way. Skills can be taught over time, but respect has to be shown from the offset. It’s not easy to find the perfect outfit, but don’t be afraid to show your personality, especially if you’re applying for a job in the creative sector.
If you’re not well practiced in the world of interviews,, then you will know why it’s recommended that you practice. It’s so important to understand the layout of an interview, what questions may arise, and how to deal with anything thrown your way. There are many resources you can use to find out about questions that are usually asked at interviews but asking friends or family to run through possible scenarios with you and practice what you will do in any situation that can arise. Just remember that ‘perfectionism’ has been overused by this point and is the easy answer.
This one is much easier said than done, you will obviously be nervous about the interview and what it means to you, but there are plenty of things you can do to be as relaxed as possible on the day. Practice and preparation will mean you should be quietly confident, but of course, it’s best to try everything you can to keep a calm demeanor about you. Try guided meditations, getting an early night, making sure you have all the basics ready the night before the interview, including your outfit and transport options (plus a back up just in case) will all go in your favour. Also, once you’re prep work has been completed, try to clear your mind of any stress. You will be much more focused during the interview if you’ve been able to take some self-care steps the night before and that’s precisely what you need.
Obviously, your CV will have helped you get you the interview in the first place, so it must be well written, but do you know exactly what is written on there and can you back up all the facts on there when asked? It’s quite common to be asked about specific roles you have had in the past but just make sure you remember a bit about each role before entering the interview, even those roles you think don’t have any relevance, because every previous job role has some significance and would have taught you something before you got this far. Don’t underestimate sharing previous experience with your new potential employer. It’s essential to be as positive as possible when it comes to talking about past employers as well, but that goes without saying.
Sell Your Talents
Above all else the interview is all about you and your suitability for the role, if you turn up on time, clean and tidy and tell the interviewer exactly why you are the best candidate for the job advertised then you have the best chance of being offered the role, and if not you will know you did everything you could to show your worth. Just be confident and know you’re skills and talents are worth hiring!
Changing jobs or even gaining your first position is a daunting task at times, but many people are going through the same thing right now so ask around and find support from your friends and family, and you’ll find a job offer comes your way soon enough.