Let’s face it, when the word interview is mentioned, most people break out into a sweat just at the thought of it! No matter how young or old you are, the idea of a job interview is not usually one that we relish. But before screaming out loud or cursing the heavens, here are seven tips that will ease your anxiety and help you land the job.
Let me walk you through the steps of getting ahead of the competition.
First and foremost...
1. FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Make no mistake, first impressions count. In a perfect world, we would not be judged within the first 30 seconds, but our world is anything but perfect …. It is important therefore that you start well. Do not enter the building until you are absolutely ready to face the interview team.
Smile as you walk into the building where the interview will be taking place. Walk in confidently and don’t forget to turn off your phone. Make sure you arrive 10 minutes early. Do not arrive an hour early. Politely introduce yourself to the receptionist and sit in the waiting room area without fiddling with magazines or day dreaming. Focus. Stand and shake hands of the person escorting you to the room.
As you enter the room, make eye contact, be attentive, be enthusiastic. Shake hands, introduce yourself using first and last names. Sit when you are invited to sit.
2. SMART DRESS
The number one rule for dressing for a job interview is to dress conservatively. It doesn't matter if you are going to an office or a library, dress smart. Dressing smart shows you mean business. It also shows you respect the company.
3. DON’T FORGET TO SMILE, SMILE, SMILE
Often we underestimate the importance of smiling. Sitting in an interview without a single smile will cost you the job. Smiling shows the interviewers that you are confident, open and pleasant to be with.
Remember, smiling is not a weaknesses.
4. BODY LANGUAGE
A relaxed posture is a no during an interview as it can show disrespect to those you are talking to. Sit straight and rest one arm on your chair. Looking professional is key. These are not your friends, they are your potential employers. Make eye contact with an open posture. Align your shoulders to the shoulders of the individual you are speaking with. Do not look away from the person who is talking to you. Also, try not to use too many gestures.
5. USE THEIR NAMES
The interviewers are more likely to remember you if you use their names. Try to remember their name when they introduce themselves and try to use their names when you say goodbye.
6. TALK ABOUT THE COMPANY
It’s very important to talk about the company you are hoping to work for. Explain how you spent time researching the company online. Speak highly of what you learnt. Use your knowledge of the company to show how sincere and prepared you are. Talking about the company is a good way to break the ice and will help you to feel less nervous.
7. TIME TO LEAVE
At the end of the interview thank the group by making eye contact and smiling. It is fine to ask about the timeframe for filling the position and notifying candidates. Make sure you shake hands with everyone in the group. Do not fidget or take out your mobile phone. Look professional. Listen and continuing smiling until you are away from the building. A brief email thanking the interview panel is fine, but is not strictly necessary.