Feeling nervous before a job interview is normal but there are certain steps you can take to help you feel more confident.
Firstly, preparation is key, set yourself up for success:
Understand the details of the role you’re interviewing for:
- Research the role; thoroughly read over the job description and requirements
- Reach out to mutual connections in similar roles and get their input
- Ask questions about the role, this will deepen your understanding of what would be required of you
Research the company
- Utilise all available resources to uncover as much information as you can on the company and team
- Look into the company history, this will give you great insight into how the business operates
- Browsing social media accounts can be a helpful way to learn more about the company’s culture
Understand the product or service you will be working with
- The more information you have, the more knowledgeable you will come across
The hiring manager’s perception of you is crucial. They are not only analysing your resume/CV and accomplishments, but are looking to see if you will be a good fit for their team. A recent study by TopInterview.com shows that 70% of hiring managers focus on a candidate’s personality when considering them for a position.
Some key tips are…
- Be confident when speaking (know your facts)
- Show your character and personality
Navigation during an interview:
It should go without saying, be there on time, and it is best to arrive ten minutes before your interview starts. When answering questions, make sure you’re taking your time, focusing on the question being asked and taking a moment if needed. Present your response clearly and concisely
Things to avoid:
Using placeholder words such as “um” or “like”:
- If you need a moment, pause, and do not use placeholder words, this can make you sound unsure
Speaking negatively about past employers:
- Speaking negatively about current or past employers can reflect poorly on your character
Showing up late to an interview:
- This will automatically give the hiring manager a negative perception of you. If you’re going to be late or can not make the interview, give notice, and offer a new day/time
Before the interview ends:
This is the time to ask questions and clarify certain points. This shows that you’ve done your research and want to learn more about the role and business. Some examples are:
- What makes this role challenging and what have other successful employees done to set themselves apart?
- Is there room for growth in this role?
- What does an average day in this role look like?
- What are the next steps?
After the interview:
Send a follow-up email thanking the hiring manager. The thank you email should be short and to the point, thank them for their time and reiterate your interest in hearing back. After you’ve sent your initial follow-up email, give them time to respond, and wait around three days before sending anything else. Be prepared to wait, interview processes vary from company to company but usually, it is normal to wait several days to hear back.
- Do your research
- Speak with purpose
- Answer questions clearly
- Ask questions about the business
- Send thank you & follow-ups
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