Often, the elation at receiving an interview gives way to nerves and worry, this is usually a result of pressure you put upon yourself. An easy way to avoid this and to enter an interview with confidence is to prepare. Going through a set routine before an interview will help you reduce your nerves, relax and perform to your best ability; try using the following tips and see how it improves your performance at your next interview.
- Know where you are going, plan your route and turn up 10-15 mins early.
- Make a good first impression; dress smartly, make eye contact and offer a firm handshake.
- Research the company; how many staff, what’s the team ethos, their history and how can you contribute to that?
- Job specification; what skills are required for the position, how will you fit into the role and why would you be a better fit than the other candidates.
- Prepare some well thought questions that show your knowledge of the organisation/department or that will help your understanding. Topics could include; staffing levels, training opportunities, current legislation, their short & long term aims or to find out more about what would be expected of you within the role.
- Try to assess what questions they may ask you and rehearse your answers. Be honest and positive when replying, take your time and ask for clarification if required.
- Find out what the next stage in the interview process is and if you are genuinely interested let them know.
Remember to relax - this is just one interview; you have done your preparation and should be confident. If all else fails, it will be good experience. The last thing that you want to show is nerves or desperation.