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A job interview is one the most vital components in securing the next step of your career. Preparing for this is key to ensuring you represent yourself at your absolute best. Whether you are given the interview information by a recruiter or direct from your prospective employer, it is essential you do your homework.
It might seem obvious, but this is so often overlooked and can cause real stress on the day of the interview. Well in advance of the interview date, plan your route and an alternative route in case there are delays or obstructions. You don’t want to show up late and flustered as this gives a bad impression. Similarly, if your interview is online check that you have downloaded all necessary apps and software and your device is charged. You'll need a quiet, comfortable place with good signal from which you can participate.
This is so often said, but research really is key to a successful interview. Deep-dive in to your potential new employer and learn as much about them as you can. It's important you know their morals, culture and background before committing to a meeting. Most businesses have an ‘About Us’ page or even a simple Google search should give you an overview, or utilise your network to find out more information about them.
Understanding who will be interviewing gives you an advantage - knowing their background, journey and interests/hobbies can be a great icebreaker. Finding similarities or something in common will benefit and aid your meeting. Your interviewer is likely to be impressed you have taken the time to research them. This is an attractive trait.
Make sure you have a complete and thorough job description so you fully understand the position you will be interviewing for. There needs to be a mutual understanding of expectations, responsibilities and aspirations if the position is to be successful. A job description will also help you prepare to articulate your relevant skills and experiences and link them to the position you are interviewing for.
As humans we unfortunately do judge a book by its cover and so the first time you introduce yourself to a potential employer you want to give yourself the best chance to impress. Looking clean, smart and enthusiastic are essentials. Positive body language, a smile and a firm handshake are traits employers look for.
An interview will allow you moments to ask questions and questions will arise organically. However, it is good to have structed notes and questions to refer to. Questions regarding progression, support and benefits are helpful. I would always recommended asking questions such as “what are the next steps in the process?” and “is there anything preventing you from hiring me” showing you are engaged and invested are positive signals employers notice.
Carriera is able to advise you on the important aspects of preparing for an interview and how to present yourself in interviews, meetings and selections at every stage of your career. For a free, confidential, discussion please get in touch.
Article by Ashley Talbott