Interview Skills

18th January 2018

Attending an interview can be nerve-racking. No matter how many interviews you have experienced, the process of meeting new people, selling yourself and your skills and enduring intense questions about your experience while staying enthusiastic can feel daunting. However, the interview doesn’t have to be stressful and here are some handy tips to ensure you remain calm, positive and confident while communicating clearly as you demonstrate why you’re the most qualified person for the job.

Being properly prepared for the interview will always help you perform better.  Have a look at the tips below to make sure you ace your interview.

Practice makes perfect
The questions that most interviewers ask are often quite typical, so research the questions beforehand and practise your answers. Use as many recent and relevant examples of your experiences as you can and match them to the specific questions and the business you have applied to distinguish your answers from the more standard ones that other candidates may give.

Do your research
Most interviewers will ask: ‘What do you know about this company?’ to which you will want to be prepared with an informed answer.

By showing what you know about the company, you can then demonstrate why you want to work for them and match your career accomplishments with what they are looking for.

On the topic of understanding the company, it is always beneficial to create a list of a few questions to ask the employer ahead of the interview. This shows that you’re curious and want to learn more about your potential new workplace and that you have gained a clear understanding about the company.  Make your questions about them and not you: this is not the time to ask about salary and benefits.

Preparation is key
Leave time ahead of the day of the interview to print out an extra copy of your CV, sort out your interview attire and pack a notepad and pen to take with. By doing this the night before, you won’t feel flustered on the day, giving you time to think of anything else you may wish to take with you, like examples of your work.

Time is of the essence
To be on time for an interview is to be at least 15 minutes early. Plan your journey ahead of time to make sure that you know exactly where you’re going and how long it will take to get there. By being early, you have time to sit and calm any last-minute nerves ahead of the interview.

Remember your manners
A short thank you note (sent by email) to the employer for their time will reiterate your interest in the position and show your good communication skills. It is also a good chance to include anything you may have forgotten to discuss during your interview.