Posted on 14th September 2021 at 12:07
Research – Study and research your potential employer. Explore the business’ website and social channels and educate yourself on what exactly they do, and how they do it. This will help to adapt your responses to their questions and exhibit your interest in the job role.
Common Questions – Consider the questions you are most likely to face at your interview. Prepare yourself for these, and this way you won’t be struggling for a response. The most frequent questions can be prepared for, and therefore diminish any panic you might feel at a particular question.
Plan – Allow plenty of time before the interview, to avoid rushing or in the case of online interviews, log into the call with time to spare. Also, ensure you are equipped with pens, notebooks etc. Don’t forget to bring a copy of your CV. Planning goes a long way.
Appearance – Coming across as smart is a necessity, so you should consider what to wear to your interview, even if it’s online. Traditional office wear should be the go-to, as it creates a professional first impression from your potential employer.
Be Friendly/ Inquisitive – Come across as confident, even if you feel nervy. A smile will make you come across as friendly and relaxed. Look your interviewer directly in the eye and listen to everything they have to say. Always ask questions in your interview; it may even help to plan some questions in advance. Converse with your interviewer and ensure it isn’t one-sided. You don’t want to come across as disinterested.
Remain Focused – The interviewer may ask a question that throws you off, and it’s important to remain composed and move on. If something goes wrong, all is not lost; you will be remembered more for how to recover from adversity. Pick yourself up and continue trying to impress. Remember, other interviewees could have found it just as difficult as you.
Make Notes – A good interview technique is to take notes, even if you’re taking everything in just fine. It suggests that you are paying full attention to the interviewer and have a keen interest in what they have to say. It tells the potential employer that you are attentive and diligent.