Well done, you’ve got an interview! Having the opportunity to present to the HR Manager and/or interview panel allows you to back up your resume by displaying the qualities which make you ideal for the position.
Here are a few interview tips to assist you to be fully prepared, reduce the nerves and achieve the desired outcome for your application:
- Be punctual: Double check the time and date of the interview and make sure you know the exact location. Do not arrive more than 5 -10 minutes prior to your interview
- Be on your own: Attend the interview on your own. Do not take family members or friends with you. The organisation you are meeting with may not be able to accommodate additional people.
- Be prepared: know the name of your primary contact and their position within the organisation. Find out if the interview will be with the HR manager or if there will be an interview panel. Don’t forget to research the organisation both online and through your network.
- Be ready: to outline your strengths and weaknesses, to explain why you are the right person for the role, and why you want to work there. It is good to practice interview questions with someone else to familiarise yourself with your answers.
- Practice: for scenario-based questions designed to ascertain how well you cope under pressure, how good a problem solver you are, and how well you relate to peers and colleagues.
- Prepare questions prior to your interview: it’s your chance to find out more about the organisation and it it’s the right fit for you
- Listen carefully to questions and take time to give a considered answer. Don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat the question.
- Present yourself appropriately for the interview: first impressions count and it could make the difference between you securing a role to coming a close second.
Although these may seem like simple tips, preparing in advance will help you to present yourself in your best light. Try and relax when in the interview, if you have followed these your interview should be a breeze to you.
REMEMBER: Be confident and be prepared. If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail!