A job interview is a nerve wracking experience. But being properly prepared will help take the edge off. Job interviews make us nervous – there’s so much at stake and such a short time to make a good impression that even the bravest among us reach for the lucky socks and Rescue Remedy.
But acing the interview has little to do with luck and everything to do with homework and preparation. The better prepared you are, the less stressful you’ll find the interview.
Here’s a quick guide.
Find out everything you can about the company you’re interviewing for: what it does, where it’s based, whether it’s a local or international company, its vision and values – all you can. You’ll probably find most of this on its website.
If you can include this information where it’s relevant during the interview, it will show that you’re well prepared and take the opportunity seriously. In the same vein, you should find out about the specifications of the position, so that you can align your skills with the skills the job requires.
Ask who will be conducting the interview and what their positions are in the company; ensure that you have their names, know how to pronounce these and know their gender. T
his may sound a little obvious – after all, you have just received a qualification in the field – but do some extra research on the industry itself: what the current trends are, new legislation that is likely to affect the business, new discoveries and the like. Again, this shows the interviewer that you have taken the time to do your homework, which is sure to make a good impression.
Good manners will make you stand out. At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer and confirm that you’re interested in the job. Ask what the next step in the interview process will be and if there is anything the company needs from you in the meantime.