Preparation for a job interview starts way before you set-foot in the interview room. Here’s our top-ten tips to make your next job interview go as smoothly, and stress-free as possible
1.Let’s start with the basics. Research the venue! Whip out google maps the night before and make sure you know exactly where you’re heading to ensure you get to your interview on time, cool, calm and collected.
2. Get some brain food into you along with a good night sleep before the interview. Eating foods consisting of lean proteins, healthy fats and leafy greens can help to get those brain waves flowing to optimum levels prior to attending an interview.
3. Make sure you greet the employer with a firm (but not bone-crunching!) handshake. There’s nothing worse than getting sloppy ‘wet fish’ handshake of an introduction. This is an immediate turn off and portrays you as being unprofessional and immediately puts you on the back foot.
4. Let the interviewer take the lead when walking to the interview room by letting them walk ever so slightly in front of you. Also let them lead in engaging small talk – they’ll ask you something like “did you find the place OK?”, “how’s your day going?”. Once asked, ENGAGE! Keep in mind the interview has already started so be at your best the minute you enter the building up until you leave it.
5. Maintain eye contact during the interview without staring. If you’re participating in a panel style interview with multiple interviewers ensure eye contact is shared evenly between all parties.
6. Maintain an upright, but relaxed posture. Too stiff and you’ll come across as someone that’s difficult to connect with. Too relaxed and you’ll come across as unprofessional.
7. Don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat the question. Some questions may have 2 or 3 parts, and therefore it’s quite easy to forget to answer a question in its entirety. So when asked a question with multiple parts ensure you make a mental note that there are multiple sections which need to be answered. If you’ve forgotten a part, ask the interviewer if they could please repeat the question.
8. Attempt to build rapport whenever the opportunity presents itself. Take note of your surroundings; the interviewer may have a picture on their desk/wall which you relate to, or a postcard pinned up from an exotic location. When the timing is right you may want to comment on this.
9. Try and keep a good level of self-awareness during the interview. You’re under pressure during an interview so it can be easy to get off track. If you have don’t fret; the interviewer should understand that you’re under pressure and therefore going off track is not uncommon. The key is to ensure you still provide a relevant response. If you feel that you’re deviating from delivering a relevant response, subtly bring yourself back on course.
10. Don’t forget to have a solid closing statement up your sleeve. This is basically a summary of why you believe you’re the best person for the job and how you fit into the company’s culture. Also remember to ask a couple of thought provoking questions – asking for information that you should not already have access to via the internet or job/role description.
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