Going into a job interview can be a nerve-wracking experience for anyone; the key is not to panic. While it may seem obvious, more often than not it is hard to not feel stressed when meeting potential employers.
Preparation prior to the interview will make a world of difference. Gaining an understanding of the company that will be interviewing you and what they are looking for in a potential employee can help you to tailor the answers you give and the questions you ask.
We have put together some useful tips on how to ensure you receive a positive career outcome.
Practice and preparation
Practice and preparation is arguably the most important step when going for an interview. By showing an interviewer you have put in the preparation, you show them that you are passionate about the role and it will help you to feel more confident when answering their questions.
Reading through the position description (PD) will give you an understanding of the skills, attributes, knowledge and key selection criteria required for the position. It is important to go through each section of the PD, write down how your skills and experience match what’s required, and note examples you have to demonstrate each of these. This is excellent practice for the interview.
To help gain the most out of the answers you provide, SEEK have gathered the top 10 most asked interview questions and how best to answer them.
Research the company
During any job interview, the interview may ask the question, “What do you know about us?” and is often used to gauge how much research you have conducted and how well you have conducted it. By doing your research of the company and the role, you show that you’re passionate about the work and organisation.
Better early than late
Punctuality is important and there is nothing more stressful then running late for an interview so plan your route and allow extra time. Arriving 5 to 10 minutes early shows you are organised and allows time to visit the restroom or calm your nerves.
Build a rapport with the interviewer
Employers tend to hire candidates they have built a connection with and will fit with the company’s culture. While the interview time may be short, it is best to try establishing a connection with the interviewers, learning their names and using them during the interview.
Simple interactions with the interviewer can make all the different. Maintain eye contact during the conversation to demonstrate you are listening to what they are saying.
Don’t be afraid to ask the interviewers questions about themselves. Making small talk will help you and the interviewer relax and help them warm to you.
It is always best practice to follow up with a thank-you after the interview while you are still fresh in their minds. It will give you the opportunity to include any information that you may forgotten during the interview and will show you have genuine interest in the job.
With the help of these tips, you will be well prepared for your next job interview.
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