Everyone, at some stage of their lives, has had to prepare themselves for a job interview.Pitting your talents, abilities, charisma and likeability against similar people who are also aiming to nail that perfect job. Only the most assured of person feels no nerves and arrives at the interview full of vimand vigour with the full expectations of getting the role offered. Unfortunately for the rest of us, we need to prepare extensively for the whole process. Here are some top interview technique tips to make the whole process a lot easier and increase your chances of success when the big day arrives.
Fail to prepare is prepare to fail
This caveat is around for a long time but holds true for nearly all of life’s situations. I cannot tell you how many times I have been interviewing someone or indeed was told by a colleague that when the interviewer asked the candidate “So what do we do here?” or “So tell me a little bit about what you know about our company?”, they are met with blank stares, head scratching and the polite “Dunno” grin and head nod. It’s pretty much downhill from here for the candidate. In order to avoid this issue, do your research first! Valuable information can be gleaned from the company website, searching for the company of Google, looking on social media etc. to give yourself as much info aspossible and to give you that all important edge over your competitors.
Get a good night’s sleep the night before
This might sound obvious but a good night’s rest is vital. The last thing an interviewer wants to see is the candidate looking sleepy or stifling a yawn while being asked questions or discussing the role on offer.
Be well groomed for your interview
First impressions last so it is vital to make a good one as you only get one chance to make it. A well presented candidate gives a good impression and shows the interviewer that you are serious about the role that you are applying for.
Quiz yourself on potential interview questions
It is always a good idea to look at potential questions that may be posed to you before the interview.
There are some stock questions such as:
“Why do you think you would be suitable of this role?”
“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”
“Describe a time where you had to delegate a difficult task to a co-worker”
These appear time and time again and are almost on the first page of every HR course and qualification out there! Of course, there are the more obscure like a question posed from Jiffy Software which was “Have you ever stolen a pen from work?”. A little bit out there, but guaranteed to make the candidate do a bit of a double take when asked it.
Scan your social media channel for “inappropriate content”
Surveys have shown that almost 50% of potential employers search for candidates on channels such as Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels. If your weekend entertainment usually involves dressing up as Jack Sparrow and drinking yards of ale, it may be better for you if your potential employer is kept in the dark about this…
This is an absolute must when attending any interview. A late candidate knocks off the interviewer schedule and affects every other interview scheduled for that role. Getting in the bad books of a potential employer even before you arrive at the interview is not the best of starts.
Try to relax when you meet the interviewer
This is very difficult for a lot of people but there is a reason why we left this tip to the end of the article. By following the preceding tips and spending time addressing them before the interview will greatly assist your ability to relax and remain calm and collected. The confidence you will feel byrealising you have prepared extensively for the interview will translate into your demeanour and body language and will make the whole process much more bearable. This is sure to show through to the interviewer and get you closer to being offering the role you have applied for. Now you are fully prepared, it’s time to get out there and find that perfect job!