The job interview is probably the most important step you will take in your job search journey – it’s your best chance to sell yourself and your skills and show the company that you’re the best person for the job.
Job interviews can be nerve-wracking if you aren’t comfortable with ‘selling’ yourself. The best way to calm your nerves before an interview is to be well prepared.
Here are six interview tips that we think will help you prepare and perform to the best of your potential at an interview.
Do your homework about the employer and the industry. Consider things like: how big the company is, who their customers are, and who their main competitors are. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to add value to the interview and show a genuine interest in what they do. A lack of knowledge about the company suggests a lack of enthusiasm about the role.
- Create a good first impression
The main thing is to look smart and presentable. Men should invest in a well-fitting suit, a nice tie and a pair of smart shoes. Ladies – be smart, professional and presentable. Think more tailored jacket, less jeans and tops.
- Practice your answers
Think about the type of questions you will be asked and possible answers you could give that would support your application. Your answers should emphasize skills that are important to the employer and relevant to the position.
- Watch your body language
Maintain good eye contact with your interviewer and sit up straight with your shoulders back throughout.
- Relax and stay positive
Relax and stay positive throughout the interview. Remember, interviewers will understand if you are nervous as most people being interviewed usually are. They will take this into account and will want the interview to go well. Do your best to calm the nerves and let your personality shine through.
Listen carefully to the questions being asked, if you do not understand ask them to repeat the question. Taking a moment to catch your breath, consider the question and smile can make all the difference to your confidence.
- Ask questions
This is one of the most important elements to an interview. Asking questions shows that you’re interested in learning more about the company and is your chance to get a better insight into the role. Don’t waste it!
Why not let Employmint boost your chances of interview success? We provide support for interview preparation to make sure that each candidate puts their best foot forward.
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