Interviews: Making a good impression
Written by Bethany Carter Posted in Interviews
You've done the hard part, you've put in the hours for your job search and now you've had the personal victory of being invited to come for an interview; but how do you overcome the overwhelming amount of pressure of making a good impression?
Interviews can be nerve-wracking and you will not be the first or last person to think as such:- just remember that preparation is the key to success. Consider what you’re going to wear on the day of your interview, what questions they may ask you and what you can ask the employer. Never underestimate how the little things might send you in a spiral of panic on the day of your interview.
Plan your day. Allow yourself to wake up and get ready at a leisurely pace by preparing everything you require the day before. This could include printing off a copy of your CV, laying out your entire outfit, checking your route and planning how you long it will take you to get there.
Secondly, do your homework on the organisation; the more research you do, the more you can apply this information to their interview questions. The company will want to know why you want to work for them and what skills you can bring to the organisation. Study the job description and match your skills to those stated and ask yourself, can I give an example of this?
Employers want to see that you are adequately prepared and know why you are the best person for the position. Come to your interview with your own personal story; even if you've never had a job you still hold transferable skills which you use every day. For example IT or research skills, using a computer and knowing how to discover information in the most efficient way is second nature to us.
So, your interview has gone ‘okay’ and you’re ready to make a swift exit but they ask you, ‘do you have any questions for me? This question can catch you off guard and it can be easy to shrug your shoulders and say ‘no’ as it will get you out of the door quicker. However, this is your last opportunity to show initiative.
Finally, keep in mind that they have already called you for this interview and you've demonstrated something in your application that they want in this role. So be yourself, stay calm and collected but most of all be confident that you hold the skills they want.