Job interviews are daunting whether for a recent graduate or someone who is embarking on a new career direction. Are you concerned about your lack of experience in your professional career and in your new industry? To give you a confidence boost before your big interview, here are some of our top tips.
1. Practice Before The Interview
Being good at interviews is a real skill that requires practice, confidence, and truck loads of focus. The best preparation for an interview is to research the most common questions and rehearse your answers. Ask friends or colleagues to help give you feedback on your delivery. Are you answering the question? Did you use examples to back up you answer? Did you speak clearly and confidently? Were you fidgeting and avoiding eye contact?
It is one thing to list all your credentials on your resume, but quite another to be able to talk about them while under pressure in an interview. You need to be able to succinctly and cohesively talk about your skills and accomplishments. Are you a highly organised and a problem-solver? Rehearse real life stories that demonstrate your skills and make them more believable.
There comes a time in every interview when the tables are turned and it’s your turn to ask the questions. It is one of the most important parts of the interview process. Make sure you do plenty of research on the company and hiring manager. Familiarise yourself with the company’s goals and current news using industry publications and LinkedIn. Prepare several questions in advance you can ask to demonstrate you’ve done your due diligence and are keen to understand more about the company and how your role will contribute to achieving their end goals.
This is a common interview method where candidates are required to apply your skills to a situation, explain what action you took and what was the result. Before the interview, examine your resume and come up with a few examples that demonstrate your competencies using the S.T.A.R. method.
You only get one chance to make a great first impression. Make sure you arrive on time (5 minutes early), you have a printed copy of your resume and you’re dressed to impress. Be smiley and be engaged during the interview. Ask questions and show your enthusiasm for the role.