Do you get the interview jitters? Being qualified for a job is only part of the battle – to give you a real chance of getting hired, you need to be the full package. Preparation is crucial, so be sure you identify any key areas about the company you should be informed about and check that any learning is up-to-date. Have to chat to a reputable institution like Careers Australia if it’s time for new qualifications. For a more detailed approach on how to nail that interview, check out these four steps.
Preparation is key and first impressions count! Even before you attend the interview, being prepared will reflect in how well you present yourself. Ensure you have a copy of your resume to bring to the interview and arrive at least ten minutes before your interview is scheduled. Allow extra travelling time if you are unfamiliar with the area (just in case you get lost!) or for any public transport delays.
When you arrive, avoid involving yourself in your phone. Keep active while you wait – look at any prepared notes, have a chat to the receptionist about the company, anything that will keep you thinking and focused. When it’s time to meet the interviewer, greet them with a friendly smile and firm handshake, a little enthusiasm will go a long way to make a positive first impression.
2. During the Interview
It’s time to put all your hard work into practice. Don’t rush into your answers, take a few extra seconds to think about your response and you will sound more clear and concise. Answering in a three part method will also demonstrate you’ve understood the question. Start with a beginning – a short explanation of the scenario, follow with how you resolved the solution and conclude with what was achieved. You don’t need to follow this order to the letter, but giving structure to your answers will keep you on track and cut out the nervous waffle.
Interviewers don’t need to ask all the questions. If you are curious about anything during your interview, make sure you ask! Interviewers want to see if you have been listening and by asking your own questions you demonstrate your keen ear as well as your eagerness to learn more about the position. You may ask the interviewer what a typical day in the position would involve or get them to outline the responsibilities of the position. There are questions to avoid such as leave and pay rates, but anything that has been made unclear or your curiosity about your potential new position is highly encouraged. Before leaving, be sure to ask who to contact and when a decision will be made.
Once all the questions are done and dusted, finish the interview on a positive note by thanking all the interviewers and leave with a great smile and handshake.
4. Post Interview
So what happens now? After your interview, be sure to send a follow up thank you note to all your interviewers. If the set decision date has passed, follow up with the contact person to see how everything is progressing. If (for some reason) you are unsuccessful, ask for some feedback; you can only improve!
Interviews are a key process when hiring so prepare, practice, and all your hard work will pay off! Feel free to share your interviewing tips below.