So, you’ve found your dream job – everything from the company culture to the position description seems like an ideal fit and when you close your eyes you can already see the conversations you’ll have at the water cooler.
You applied for the role and they called you!
Now all that’s standing in your way is the job interview.
Job interviews are daunting for some people – but it’s comforting to know that there are plenty of ways you can improve your chances of success. Here’s our guide to acing your next job interview:
1.Do your homework
Make sure you not only research the business where you want to work, but the staff as well. Find out who’ll be on your interview panel and see if you can find them on LinkedIn. Learning more about each interviewer’s position, career path, length of time with the company and other interests will help you build a rapport with them when it comes time to meet
2.Get familiar with common questions
There are a range of common questions which will be asked in almost every interview. Make time to prepare answers before your appointment and try to find a friend who you can practice with. Here’s a list of 50 common interview questions from Forbes, but your trainer might know a few as well.
3.Don’t be late and mind your presentation
Unless you have a fair excuse, you really shouldn’t be late to your interview – in fact you should aim to be at least ten minutes early! Plus, make sure you’re dressed and groomed appropriately. This includes wearing an outfit which reflects the workplace you’re wanting to enter – e.g. professional attire for a corporate job, versus smart casual for an aged care gig. Remember, the interviewers don’t know you, so first impressions count.
4.Be calm. Be yourself
During the interview take a moment to exhale and try to relax. Take your time to answer questions, and if you need a moment to deliberate, don’t be afraid to ask for it. Most importantly, be yourself and let your personality shine through – this will help the interviewers connect with you and will likely leave a lasting impression.
5.Interview the interviewers
Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask the interviewing panel questions about the company and your role. You’ll seem more interested and engaged if you come prepared with questions.
Now go out there and get that job!
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