Job interviews can be terrifying and nerve racking. However, they are also easy to get right once you know how. Practice makes perfect, however, those with limited time available to prepare for their ideal job will be glad to hear that there are specific things all interviewees should do to ensure that they make the best possible impression.
There is nothing more dangerous than walking into an interview without having undertaken the necessary preparation. If you feel unprepared this will be obvious to the interviewer; confidence is simply a state of mind and those who feel confident that they have done all they could prior to the big day will immediately make a favourable impression.
Interviewees should ensure that they know the following:
Making a good first impression is pivotal, as many people make up their minds about new faces in the first few seconds. Therefore be sure to be polite and courteous; shake hands and smile. This should be done with all members of staff who speak to you in case your interviewer should happen to ask for their opinion after you have left.
Body language is pivotal and although it is difficult to perfect interviewees should ensure that they appear as relaxed as possible. All should aim to appear confident, without crossing the line and seeming cocky. Eye contact should be maintained and all should avoid unnecessary fiddling. Do not slouch in your chair as this can make you appear bored and uninterested, but do not sit excitedly on the edge of your chair either. The priority is to appear relaxed. The interview is not solely about your answers; applicants should make the effort to listen to those individuals asking the questions and aim to develop some manner of conversation with them; your interviewer is, contrary to popular belief, a human being, and therefore they will consider how well you will fit into the organisation on a social level, as well as what professional skills you can bring to the establishment.
What you will be asked
Many people worry that they will be asked a question which they will not be able to answer. However, if you do the right preparation this needn't be a problem. Interviewees should ensure that they read as much as they can about the job they are hoping to secure and the company which is offering the job. Through completing this research you should be able to shape your answers into those which will make them sit up and take notice. Nothing looks worse than an interviewee who appears to know nothing about the job in question; if you really want the position you should be able to react on the spot and answer anything; adequate research will help you achieve this.
Interviewees should bear the following in mind:
Many fear strange questions. Enquiries such as 'If you were an animal, which would you be?' are not unheard of. Such questions are not solely about your answer; they also test how you act under pressure. Interviewees should stick to their positive points and be honest. If you are asked 'What is your biggest weakness?' then the best course of action is usually to twist a positive point, e.g. 'I'm a perfectionist'.
It is usual practice for the interviewer to ask whether you have any questions, therefore it is a good idea to prepare a couple. These should ideally be questions about the company or the nature of the job; not the salary or how many days you are allowed off.
If interviewees use their common sense it is extremely difficult to go wrong. Put yourself in the place of the interviewee and consider what answers would impress you if you were in their position.