It can be extremely daunting to prepare for an interview.
The pressure is building and you’re trying to make sure you don’t mess it up!
Well here’s 6 ways you can ensure you’ll leave a good impression.
There’s nothing worse than getting yourself all worked up for an interview only to find you’ve not done your research.
In the same way, you want to be seen as a valuable asset to a company; the company wants to know why you value them. Take time to look into their ethics and culture to show how you can fit in.
Not only do you want to show your value but knowing the companies history will earn you a ton of brownie points. What projects have they worked on that interested you the most? Have they won any awards or accomplished something great? All this research will make the interview feel more friendly and set you off on the right foot.
Try to avoid the most generic lines that the interviewers have heard a million times over such as:
‘I’m really hard working’
‘I work well in a team’
‘I’m good with organising’
Instead, give them examples of when you’ve excelled and how you can bring those skills to their company. Be sure to curate whatever you tell them to be relevant to their company and needs.
It seems to go without saying but you’d be surprised how often people forget to sharpen up and put their professional heads on when it comes to the big interview.
First impressions are everything. Before you’ve even opened your mouth, the interviewers have already got a pretty good idea of whether they want to hire you or not.
It’s always better to go too smart than too casual. Plus, bring something to take notes with as it makes you look more interested in the details.
Chances are, you’ve been brought in for the interview because your CV was impressive, so make sure it’s accurate and you can back up the experience you’ve put on there.
Although it can be tempting to pad out your CV with skills you’ve barely touched on just to make yourself look that much better, this will come back to bite you when they ask you to explain in great detail what projects you’ve worked on using that skill etc.
Try your best to put these things politely:
Rather than: ‘I left my last job because I hated my colleagues and dreaded going to work every day’
Try saying: ‘My last job didn’t have the kind of career progression I was looking for and I didn’t feel the culture was the right fit for me personally’
Also, do your best to be as interactive in the interview as possible. Don’t just stick to the mundane conversation of answering questions and nodding along. Give any ideas you might have for if you do get the role and build a rapport with the interviewers to leave them with a good lasting impression.
Here’s a little guide to help you:
What is your favourite thing about working here?
What kind of progression do you provide?
What inspired the making of this company?
When can I hope to hear back about the decision?
Is there anything else you think I should know?
If you’re feeling really brave you could even ask the interviewer what advice they’d give you in terms of improving your interviewing skills!