So, you’ve sent out your well-written CV and cover letter, and have now been invited for an interview.
This next step can be the most nerve-wracking because it could feel like being put in the spotlight. This is normal – remember to stay calm and take note of the few tips we have listed down for you to have a successful interview. Preparation is key.
Do some research on the company as well as the position you are applying for. This will show the interviewer that you are interested and motivated. This can also help you predict and answer some of the potential questions related to the job.
Be on time
Punctuality is a sign of respect and professionalism. It shows that you value your and others’ time. Showing up on time also tells the employer a lot about your personality and work ethic, which can help you stand out.
Choose clothes appropriate to the company and role you are applying for. Unless you are applying for a corporate office job, your best option would be a business casual attire.
Make a list of common interview questions and prepare a few answers in case they come up.
Some of the most common questions would include the interviewer asking you to tell them about yourself, your work experience, if you are familiar with their company and what they do, why you are applying for the role, and your strengths and weaknesses.
It goes without saying thatminding your manners when meeting people for the first time is one of the most important things to do. Your body language can reveal more than your words. It can reveal whether you are confident, nervous, unsure, or even bored.
Maintain eye-contact, smile, and be polite during your interview. Avoid crossing your arms and looking down or away. Show the interviewer that you are engaged and interested.
Relax and be positive
Try to remain calm and collected and take a few deep breaths if you need to. Preparing ahead of your interview will always benefit you whether it is your first or 50th interview. Having the right attitude and mindset about your interview will help when you are feeling the pre-interview nerves.