If you’ve made it to the interview round of your job offer- well done! For many, this can be a nerve-wracking experience, so the best way to handle those nerves is to be well prepared. LinkedIn News Australia recently asked its followers to share what their top 3 interview tips are for nailing an interview, and these were the most common answers:
Research the company: You need to know the company inside and out. Make sure to visit their website and collect information about their history and values. Use the company values and link them with how you demonstrate those values in your workplace behaviours. Try to ensure you have a good understanding of the company’s values, demonstrate you have done your research and that you have an awareness of the company’s culture and environment.
Non verbal communication: Nonverbal communication plays a major role in a job interview. Some tips to remember include be polite and keep an even tone to your speech, make eye contact with the interviewer for a few seconds at a time, and relax and lean forward a little toward the interviewer so you appear interested and engaged.
Presentation: Remember that the image the interviewer has of you when they first meet you is the one that is going to last. Make sure you a dressed presentably because if you’re slouchy, sloppy, or messy, it won’t matter how well you answer the interview questions.
Know your strengths and skills: Prepare to go into every interview with three to five key selling points in mind, such as what makes you the best candidate for the position. Have an example of each selling point prepared, and plan to use these to tell the interviewer why you want that job, including what interests you about it, what rewards it offers that you find valuable, and what abilities it requires that you possess.
Practice: It’s one thing to come prepared with a mental answer to a question, but it’s another challenge entirely to say it out loud in a confident and convincing way. Find a friend and practice interviewing each other.
Check the job description: The job description can be a useful tool for creating mock interview questions to practice. The job description can also be used when you’re trying to figure out what kind of workplace examples would be most appropriate to share when you are asked to respond to behavioural interview questions.
Be prepared: always bring a copy of your resume, cover letter and references with you to an interview. If the interviewer has misplaced their copy, you’ll save a lot of time if you can just pull your extra copy out and hand it over. If you have work samples, required hard copies of certificates and examples of key achievements to show the interview panel, make sure you bring a copy of these too.
Questions to ask at the end of the interview: If you’ve made it to the end of the interview you probably know that when the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions for them, your response should be yes. We have an article located in the news section of our website that provides details on follow up questions to ask at the end of your interview.
Show up on time: It is imperative to be on time at a job interview, so try to come early. It will show your future boss how punctual and organised you are. If you are heading to a location you haven’t been to before, practice driving there to see how long it may take to get there, what the parking situation is and what the traffic is like.
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Sources: The Muse, Experis and LinkedIn