5 Quick Tips For Your First Interview
Let's face it, interviews are daunting.
No matter how much preparation we do, when we get into the chair (unless you're the lucky minority) the nerves will be there.
To give yourself the best shot, be as prepared as possible and try to embrace the nerves. After all, they're there to help you be on your A game. Without them you probably wouldn't give a dam...
Here are five quick tips to help you prepare for your interview:
1. Research the company
Your interviewer will expect you know about their company, where they are from and what they do.
If you haven't done the research, you'll appear unmotivated. Learning this information shows interest in the company. Making it more likely you'll be viewed as an ideal candidate for the role.
Research, research, research!
2. Understand the role
Again, your attempts to research the role you're applying for show your keenness to be hired and your ability to be prepared.
Ensure you know all you can beforehand. Anything you don't know, save up as questions to ask when you're there.
I'm sure you've heard it before, but interviewing is a two way conversation. They'll ask you questions to see if you're the right fit and then you'll also get the chance to ask them some.
So, think about what you're wanting from your next role; be it culture, team size, values, salary or responsibilities, and ensure you're clear on what they're offering.
There is no point going through all the motions to eventually get there and realise it's not what you were hoping for. Do the research and understand the role.
3. Plan what to wear
We've all heard the importance of first impressions. Plan ahead with what you'll wear on the day and ensure it's clean and pressed.
Appearing well groomed and dressed smartly is a clear reflection of your professionalism.
I recommend a nice outfit you're comfortable in. Depending on the industry, a suit may also be required.
There is a bunch of different ways you can practice interviewing. My preference is to make the rehearsal as close as possible to being like a real interview Have your research done, outfit prepared & pretend you're about to go in for the real meeting.
There's a lot of great sites designed to help you practice interviewing. I like CareerOne's Youtube site which provides a heap of questions. You can pause the video after the question is asked and take your time to answer as if you would in the interview.
You could also ask a friend or family member to act as your interviewer and provide them with a printed list if you'd prefer. Get them to also throw in a few new questions so you're forced to practice thinking on your feet.
5. Be on time
Again this comes back to the importance of your first impression. Aim to be at least 15 minutes early to ensure you have time to gather yourself and take some deep breaths.
If for whatever reason you can't avoid being late - phone ahead and let them know. The last thing you want is your interviewer waiting around, watching the clock and already doubting their decision to meet you!
All that said, go and do your best! Work your way through this checklist and then just be you. No one can ask for more than that.