What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you start preparing for an interview? Arriving on time? Dressed appropriately? Being polite? You know the drill. However, you still feel like you haven’t quite got interview etiquette in the bag yet. Now, I don’t claim to be an expert in interviews, I don’t walk in to every single one feeling like I’ve nailed it, trust me. But, from every single interview that I have been to, I have always learnt something new and I wanted to share my top three, small things, that would make or break an interview. I hope you find it useful, especially if you have one lined up soon.
Of course, this applies in every interview, but how you come across right from the get-go also reflects you in a sense of first impressions. I’m not talking about when you eventually meet you interviewer, rather, when you first walk in to the building, how you greet the receptionist etc. Try to relax and smile at others walking past you, remember that although you may be nervous, be mindful of how you present your best self right from the beginning.
Do the research
The best advice I can give when going for a job interview is to at least do some research on the company beforehand. Sounds like a no brainer, but the amount of people who still don’t do this baffle me endlessly. By knowing the company history and what their plans are for the future, you are showing that you are committed to their long-term plans. If the company have particular values, they use, try and tailor your answers to match those values – promise you it will go down a storm.
Prepare your questions
At the end of the interview, the first thing you may want to do is get ready and leg it out the door. But I guarantee you, that 100%, the interviewer will ask if you have any questions. If you don’t ask a question, you risk looking disinterested. So, prior to the interview, think of some questions to ask at the end, whether it’s about where the company is heading in a few years’ time or maybe something to do with future development of staff. Be inquisitive and show that you have interest in what the company has to offer.
How do you generally feel when you’re about to go in to an interview? Nervous or confident? I would love to hear about your experiences. I also have a YouTube video with some interview tips too, let me know if you find it useful.