Recruitment News Article Series: It may feel like interviewing for a job isn't getting any easier any time soon - even if you have been to loads of job interviews and have the experience. It involves meeting new people, promoting yourself and your abilities and often being questioned aggressively to find gaps in your knowledge or competency.
Here are some job interview ideas to help you properly prepare. Good preparation can help to reduce the stress you might feel when going through the interview process.
It's important to practice being on the receiving end of interview questions. Think of actual questions that might be asked by an employer. You should use real examples of how you have used your skills. Giving proof of your achievements is a solid way to put your best your best foot forward.
Take the time to get ready for questions "What do you know about our organisation". Know the name of the interviewer and use it during the job interview. You might be unsure about the name of the interviewer. If so, telephone beforehand to check. It is a good idea to match what you know about the company with the responses you give.
There are opportunities to watch video interview processes online and apply these points into your preparation.
Be sure that your interview dress is tidy, neat and appropriate for the type of organisation and role you are interviewing for. Have copies of your CV with you and make sure you have a pen and paper for making notes.
Be on time for the interview. This means 5-10 minutes early. If it is required, block out some time to drive to the office ahead of time so you are familiar with the route and have an idea of the time it will take to arrive.
It's important to not let stress or worry affect your interview. Try to stay as relaxed as you can. Take a deep breath. Keep eye contact with the person interviewing. Listen to the question and pause before answering! If you forget the question asked, it's not a good look.
Demonstrate Your Knowledge
You should try to relate what you know about the organisation with your own knowledge when answering questions. When reviewing your career achievements, see if you can align them with what the company is seeking.
Send a short thank you note after the interview that confirms your interest in the position. If you are interviewed by more than one person for the same role, go ahead and send a thank you note to each person.