1. Make sure you know exactly where you’re going and always plan to arrive few minutes early.
- Do you know the address of where the interview is being held?
- Have you arranged transport so that you arrive with time to prepare?
2. Know the interviewer’s name so you can greet them personally.
- Do you know the interviewers name and their position in the company?
3. Be aware of your body language. Sit up straight and be interested. Remember to smile. Be a good listener as well as a good talker. Maintain eye contact.
- Going into an interview can be stressful, scary and intimidating. Take the time to watch a Ted Talk by Amy Cuddy who can help you with tips and pointers on unleashing your power and being present in the moment: https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are
- Practice your prepared answers to common interview questions to a family member or friend and ask for feedback about your body language and how you can improve.
4. Make sure you are clear on why you are the best person for the job – if you can’t convince yourself you will not convince your interviewer.
- Have you researched information about the company, what they do and what they value?
- Have you read and re-read the job description?The more you know, the more interested you appear and more likely you are to secure a job!
5. Always present yourself as determined to get the job. It’s okay to be confident. Remember to present yourself in a professional manner you only get one chance to make a first impression so it has to count.
- Have you picked out an appropriate outfit to wear to the interview that looks professional and is not revealing?
- Are you well-groomed e.g. clean hair, ironed clothes, fresh breath, clean nails, not wearing high heels that are too high?
- Be prepared, bring a copy of your CV, Cover letter, and bring a note book and pen to take notes if necessary.
- Have you prepared your key message and can present it confidently and clearly?
6. Be open to opportunities. You never know if they have other jobs and you could be just who they are looking for.
- Do you know what other roles the company offers?
7. Have clear examples ready about questions they may ask you. Refer to previous work or volunteering experiences specifically. Have you prepared for the following questions?
Tell me about yourself?
Sum up your educational and professional background in about 60 seconds and ensure that you make connections between your background and the position for which you are applying for.
What is your greatest strength?
You should have this one ready to go and be able to clearly and confidently communicate it.The interviewer is looking for an example to show your work performance and how it is relevant to the job you are applying for.
What is your greatest weakness?
This can be a difficult question so the best way to approach it is turning a negative into a positive e.g. “I’m a perfectionist” or “I take on too much responsibility” or “I expect others to be as hard working as I am.” The most important thing is to show them what you did or do to manage this weakness.
8. Plan to have top two of your most important achievements – ready to share.
- Have you prepared your top two achievements? They may be educational or sporting but you must be able to relate these achievements to the workplace and key skills of the job.
9. Prepare at least one question to ask the employer during the interview.
- Have you prepared at least one question to ask the employer?
10. Know why you want the job and why they should want you.
- Don’t be afraid to be passionate and self-assured in your abilities to take on this job opportunity.