There is no fool-proof recipe on how to be successful in an interview however, there are certain things you can do which will maximise your chances, and allow you to give it your best possible shot. We have compiled a list which will help you focus and perform the best that you can.
- Research the Company Do some background research, find out how well the company is performing, what they actually do, who their competitors are, who they are affiliated with and if they come under the umbrella of another company. But remember there is no point doing research if you don't let the interviewer know that you have done it.
- Be Prepared - In preparation for the interview look up exactly where you are going, take a map and directions with you just in case.
- Be Punctual Try to arrive at the interview around ten to fifteen minutes early, but no earlier. If you are going to be late make sure you call to let them know in advance.
- How to Answer Questions Try to think through the questions that you may be asked. Come up with suitable answers and try to give lots of examples.
- Enthusiasm Try to remain enthusiastic about yourself and the company throughout the interview this gives a not only a great first impression but also a lasting impression.
- Positive Turn everything into a positive you may have only worked for a company for a few months but focus on what you have taken away from the experience rather than the negative aspects.
- Interest - Take an interest in the person who is interviewing you, try to build a rapport and ask them how they got started in the company, and what their background is, remember you are also trying to find out if the company is right for you too.
- Notes In preparation for the interview write down points that you would like to cover and questions that you may like to ask. There is no harm in referring to these notes during the interview to keep you on track.
- Presentation Remember first impressions are incredibly important, think about what to wear well in advance of the interview. Make sure your clothes are clean and well pressed, try to choose an outfit that complements the company. However, if in doubt wear a suit.
- Body Language Try to maintain eye-contact and dont cross your arms, try to position yourself in a comfortable but positive fashion. Shake people's hands when you meet them.
- Questions Try to ask questions that show your interest throughout the interview, it may help to think of some questions beforehand, for example on topics such as the job, the organisation, employees etc. Avoid questions about salary and benefits at this stage.
Final Points to Note
- Turn off your mobile phone.