Interviews are hard. Let’s face it. No matter how much planning you put in, it’s difficult to put anxiety at bay. You already know the fundamentals of what to do. Dress appropriately and show up 10 minutes early on the day (not earlier). But we’ve put together some top tips for you to consider before, during and after your interview to help calm your nerves. Think of this as your go to guide. If you stress less, you’ll perform better!
Before your interview
Preparation is critical. Not preparing for an interview will almost certainly guarantee you failure. Not being able to answer questions like ‘What do you know about us?’ or ‘What interested you in the role?’ succinctly will most definitely not get you that second interview. Don’t worry we’ve got you covered! We’ve created an interview preparation checklist for you to use to prepare before every interview.
On the day make sure you have the following with you:
- directions to where you are going. (Don’t always rely on Google Maps)
- coins for parking
- 3 copies of your resume
- notepad and pen
- Your phone on silent
- A snack to ensure you don’t get hangry
During the interview
Asking the right questions at an interview is important for two reasons:
- It’s an opportunity to show a deeper understand and interest in the company and role.
- You can learn a lot more about the realities of the position, in particular, those area’s that you might consider deal-breakers.
At the end of the interview you want to have achieved 2 things:
- You want to have demonstrated your aptitude for the role.
- You want to have a clearer sense of whether the employer is the right fit for you.
There are an infinite number of questions you could ask during a job interview, but if you stay focused on those 2 goals, the questions should come easily to you.
Here are some suggestions:
What skills and experiences would make an ideal candidate?
This is a great open-ended question that will have the interviewer put his or her cards on the table and state exactly what the employer is looking for. If the interviewer mentions something you didn’t cover yet, now is your chance. (Forbes)
Have I answered all your questions?
Before you begin asking your questions, find out if there’s anything they’d like you to elaborate on. Not only will they appreciate the offer, but it may be a good chance for you to gauge how well you’re doing.
Beyond the hard skills required to successfully perform this job, what soft skills you see as fundamental to the role?
Knowing what skills the company thinks are important will give you more insight into its culture and its values. You can read more about the 3 soft skills you need to master here.
After the interview
- Schedule a follow-up call with your recruitment consultant. This is an opportunity to see if they’ve had any feedback from the employer.
- Include supporting documentation that illustrates your ability to do the job. This might be a non-confidential work example or award. Think about how you can showcase your expertise
- Provide a follow-up response to one of the key interview questions. Use this opportunity to respond to a question that you may not have answered well in the interview, e.g. When you asked me about some of my career highlights, my nerves got the better of me and I didn’t quite respond with the right detail….
- Stay on your game. Probably the most important thing to do after an interview is to keep the preparations up. Hopefully, you’ll be getting a call back for a 2nd interview and you want to be firing when you’re called in again.