So you’ve got the interview for your dream job and you need to impress and don’t want to mess up this opportunity. Firstly don’t panic or stress. Follow ten tips to interview success
Enthusiasm, enthusiasm, enthusiasm
This is the best interview tip I was ever given. Since I have been given this tip, I have never been turned down for a job! Show your enthusiasm by smiling and being friendly. Show interest in everything the interviewer has to say.
Listen attentively. Make eye contact. Show you know the about the organisation and let them know exactly why you would like to work there and what you can offer them. Make it clear that you can offer more thaN what they are asking for. Ensure they know if you get the job you’ll give 110 per cent, you’ll be their hardest worker and take every opportunity you are given. Give full answers to questions with examples of your skills. Give a little bit extra and maintain a positive attitude. However, beware, don’t confuse enthusiasm for desperation. Some mistakes you can make are begging for a job, non stop talking and rambling on and on after a question has been asked.
Preparation , preparation, preparation
Prepare by going to every interview you can go to even if you think the job may not be for you. You can learn so much by practising your interview techniques in a proper interview situation. The more experience at interviews you get, the better you will be when the interview comes up for your dream job.
Nothing impresses more than when a smartly dressed person walks into the interviewing room. It shows you have made an effort and care about the job. Check your nails, shoes and hair. Ensure you a comfortable in what you’re wearing. If you’re not used to wearing a suit, go out in your suit before the interview and wear it for the day.
Most people have some kind of nerves before an interview. This is healthy and will be expected by the interviewer. However if you’re one of those people who get so nervous they mess up interviews my advice to you would be to practice them. Apply for jobs just for the interview practice and feel the fear and do it anyway. Go to interviews, make mistakes. It’s good to make mistakes if you learn from them, don’t worry about messing up a few interviews. The more interviews you do the easier they will be. I have made a fool of myself at interview and I’m not the only one, many people do.
However, even when you’re fully prepared, have been to lots of interviews and are sailing along at your dream job interview, nerves can attack. The most common problem is when you are asked a question and your mind goes blank. Firstly, this happens to so many people all the time. It’s probably happened in an interview the interviewers partook in earlier that day so don’t panic. Firstly, give yourself time to think. Let the interviewers know, I just need a moment to think about the answer or ask them to repeat the question. This is fine and actually shows confidence. Alternatively, repeat to the interviewer the question you think they are asking, this will help clarify the question in your mind.
Breathe and relax and nine times out of ten you will regain composure. If a good answer doesn’t come try and give an answer as best as you can. Sometimes when you start talking, it helps you to get back on track. The worse that can happen is you can’t answer the question. In this case, be honest and ask if you can come back to the question at the end of the interview.