Interviewing for a new position can be intimidating, we know. But it’s important to put your best foot forward so you can show a personality and experience that match your resume.
Research the Company
If you’ve applied for a job but haven’t looked into the company, it’s a bit of a red flag for employers.
By researching your future employer, you’ll be able to show how your background makes you the right fit. In your research, make sure you’re looking at the work the company does, its structure (are there multiple locations? Is it family-owned?) and its culture.
Read the Job Ad/Position Description
Red flag #2 for employers is when they interview a candidate who hasn’t taken the time to read and understand the role beforehand.
Go through the job ad or position description before your interview, making notes, and bring it to your interview. This will show that you’re dedicated, organised and prepared. That’s a green flag.
Practice Your Answers
Make sure you run through some questions you might be asked so you don’t stumble in the interview. Enlist a friend to help by asking you common questions in a formal interview setting. (We’ve got a quick run-down of the most common interview questions here.) If you need to, make notes to refer to through your interview.
You’ll gain confidence as you get used to answering and have time to find the perfect answers.
Your first impression is everything. Make sure you’ve dressed appropriately and are on time. Come a few minutes early if you need to.
Don’t arrive too early though! An early arrival puts pressure on your interviewer and possibly starts them off irritated.
Prepare Smart Questions
You’ll always be asked if you have any questions at the end of your interview. Make sure you’ve prepared 3-5 solid questions about the role or the company.
Asking questions shows the employer that you’ve put in effort, thought about working there, and are invested in the process. They can also help you make sure you’re interested in the role.
Preparing for a job interview can be timely, but by taking the time you’ll be able to present yourself in the best light. A positive job interview will help you land that offer and your dream role.