Job interviews can be overwhelming and make even the most confident candidate nervous. The key to feeling less anxious is to be as prepared as possible, and there are some things you can do to help.
Carry Out Research
It is essential to carry out research before any interview, whether face to face, on the phone, or via video call. Try to find out everything you can about the role and the organisation, their values, their financials, and anything else that’s relevant.
Prepare Some Questions for The Interviewer
Once you’ve done your research into the company, prepare a shortlist of questions to ask the interviewer. Thoughtful questions show you’re interested in the company and works to build some rapport too. Asking about the company culture, learning and development opportunities, and progression plans are all excellent topics. They will also be helpful if you are offered a second interview or given a job offer as they’ll help you make a more informed decision.
Know What’s on Your CV
It may seem obvious, but read through your CV before an interview, so you know everything included there. This can also help when it comes to anticipating what questions an interviewer might ask you based on the information on your CV.
Face to Face Interviews
Making a good first impression is critical in an interview. In face-to-face interviews, how you present yourself makes a big difference. Ensure you’re dressed smartly, with clean, pressed clothes, clean shoes, and that your hair is neat.
During face-to-face interviews, use your in-person communication skills to your advantage. Keep good eye contact with the interviewer, speak clearly and concisely, show your enthusiasm for the role, and remain upbeat.
During virtual interviews, your appearance is just as important as it is in a face-to-face interview. Ensure you’re wearing a suitable outfit and that your hair is tidy. Think about what the interviewer sees behind you, and if the view is potentially distracting, try using one of the blank backgrounds available.
Keep your attention on the screen during the interview, and don’t be distracted by other things around you. Ensure that you will not be disturbed by pets, children, the doorbell, or any people entering the room during the interview.
Telephone interviews can be tricky as the interviewer cannot see you, and you cannot see them, so it can feel hard to build rapport. As you can only use your voice, speak as clearly as you can and keep answers concise without rambling or including irrelevant information.
It goes without saying that for an interview, being on time is vital. If it’s a face-to-face interview, plan how long it will take you to get to the interview location and leave plenty of time to do so. If it’s a telephone or virtual interview, be ready before the allotted time and test your equipment or set up in advance.
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