You made it through the shortlist and you have an interview. Congratulations! An interview is a chance for the employer to find out all about you and your suitability for the role. But don’t forget it’s also your opportunity to learn more about the organisation you’re applying to become a part of.
To give the best impression during your interview, preparation is key. There are also a few other things you can do to maximise your chances of securing a job offer. Here are a few:
- Dress to impress – It sounds obvious but it’s worth saying. First impressions matter. Make sure your clothes are clean and ironed. You don’t need to be suited and booted but you do need to arrive to your interview well turned out and ready to take on the world. A smart pair of trousers and shirt or blouse will convey professionalism.
- Arrive with time to spare – There’s nothing worse than running late. It leaves you flustered and can be a huge distraction for you and the interview panel. If you’ve never been to the location the interview will take place, consider having a trial run to see how long it will take you to get there either by car or public transport. If that’s not possible, allow plenty of time to travel to the interview. It’s better to arrive ten minutes early than ten minutes late.
- Research the organisation and ask thoughtful questions that demonstrate initiative and insight – Preparation is key. Before your interview, have a look on the organisation’s website paying special attention to the news pages. This will help you to feel more confident about the company and will demonstrate to prospective employers that you have used your initiative; a universally highly regarded quality in a candidate. Use what you find out to prepare a few questions to ask at the end of the interview.
- Bring examples of your work to share and/or leave behind – if you have a portfolio of work, or anything that you think will help demonstrate your experience and aptitude for the role, bring it along. Use it as a visual aid to talk through your core skills and qualifications or make copies to leave behind.
- If you are asked to prepare a presentation, try to avoid leaving this until the last minute – It you need to prepare a presentation for the interview, it’s best not to rush it. Get started early and you can take on bite size sections and concentrate on getting it just right.
- If you don’t get the job, be brave and ask for feedback – Sometimes, no matter how much we want it or how much we prepare, it just isn’t meant to be, and we don’t get the job. Don’t worry and don’t be disheartened. Instead, learn from the experience, ask for feedback and apply it to your next interview experience.