Preparing for the interview is the most important part of the whole process. When I was at school, there was a poster on the wall of our classroom that read “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” this has proven to be true in most situations, including job interviews.
Make sure that you have updated your CV so it includes every relevant experience, qualification and skill you have gained over your career. It is impossible to know everything about the company you are interviewing for and the people working there but it is a good idea to do a bit of research to find out what you can. The Company website is the best way to find out what they do and what their goals are. Once you are armed with this information, you can start to think about the value you can add to their business and how you can contribute to their success.
So, the preparation is done and everything is ready, but now its time for the interview. Take a deep breath, smile and shake hands with the interviewer, this is always a good place to start. Take a seat and try to sit up straight don’t slouch as they will think that you’re not engaged. Try to answer any questions that they ask you and answer them honestly. A liar will always get caught out. Don’t treat the interview like an interrogation, treat it like a conversation where you have the chance to show them why you are a perfect fit for the job (think of the list of qualities you wrote before the interview) Listen to what they have to say and don’t be afraid to ask questions, this will show the interviewer that you have been paying attention.
The most important thing to remember when you are in the interview is that, no matter how strict or serious the interviewer looks, they have been in the same position as you before. After all, they had to start somewhere.
So the trick to acing that dreaded interview is to prepare, ask questions, smile and most of all, stay positive!
If you want a heads-up on the most popular interview questions, there is a link below to the nine most commonly asked questions by employers in the UK.