Preparing for job interviews
Now that you have landed the interview, be sure that you make the most of it. The job interview is probably the most important step in the job search process. It’s your chance to show the company that you’re the best person for the job. The following job interview tips should give you a good head start on the competition!
Find out as much about the company as you can and research the job. Prepare a list of questions that they might ask you and questions that you could ask them. Be prepared to talk about the organisation and why you might want to work there. Make sure you know who’s going to be interviewing you and remember to use their name.
Once you’ve prepared a list of questions they could ask you and questions you could ask them, practice. It’s a really good idea to role-play with someone, particularly if you’re not feeling confident. Rehearse your responses to the typical job interview questions most employers ask and think of actual examples you can use to describe your skills. Try to relate what you know about the company when answering.
Make sure your interview attire is neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with. In Australia, you would typically wear corporate attire such as a suit, tailored pants or a skirt and a shirt or blouse to an interview. This may vary slightly depending on the job you are applying for, for example if you are applying for a creative job your attire may be a little bit more casual. Bring a nice portfolio with copies of your resume. Include a pen and paper for note taking.
Be On Time
On time means five to ten minutes early. It’s a good idea to drive to the interview location ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there.
During the job interview, try to relax and stay as calm possible. Take a moment to regroup. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention.
Show What You Know
Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions. When discussing your career accomplishments match them to what the company is looking for.
Questions provide your final opportunity to sell yourself to the interviewer. Find out more about the organisational structure, your prospective role in it, the nature of the job, the challenge it offers and its career potential. Limit the time spent on questions so you don’t throw the interview schedule off.
Always email a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position within 24 hours of your interview.
If your application is unsuccessful, do not be afraid to call and ask for feedback. This could lead to invaluable advice for your next round of applications.