Top tips for interview success
Interview processes vary for every job, but there’s no denying that they can be incredibly stressful situations.
If you are called into a face-to-face interview, or even invited to have a chat over the phone, your CV has impressed your prospective employers and they want to hear more. You’re already on your way to getting that dream job!
Here’s some other top tips to keep in mind on the run up to, and on the day of, the interview:
Research, research, research
The first rule of preparing for an interview is to research the company and the people that you are going to meet.
Interviewers will expect you to not only have a general knowledge of the workings of the company but will be looking for you to bring more to the table. Understand how they do business, what kind of people or businesses they work with and who their main competitors are. Don’t be afraid to show the interviewer just how much you know about the company or brand – it shows you are extremely interested in the business and see yourself working with them.
Similarly, if you know who you are going to be interviewed by do some independent research on that person. See if they have been mentioned in the press or if they have worked on anything influential within the industry that could be a good topic of conversation during the interview.
It’s also important that you understand the job description fully and know how you will fit in with the company’s overall structure. If you have any questions about the role, try to air them before the interview, or be prepared to ask your interviewer face-to-face.
Demonstrating you have done your homework on the business and position not only shows that you’re keen on becoming part of the team, but highlights your dedication and commitment.
Banish those nerves
It is completely understandable if you get nervous at interviews, but the calmer you are, the more likely you’ll be able to give full and cohesive answers to any questions they throw at you.
If you’re panicking as soon as you arrive at the interview, take two minutes in the bathroom to run cold water over your wrist and pat a bit behind your ears. The cold water causes the the arteries that are near the skin’s surface to close. This will cool you down, prevent your cheeks from turning a shade of beetroot and banish that dreaded clammy handshake.
Don’t forget to breathe! The more stressed-out we feel the shorter our intakes of breath so if you’re feeling nervous waiting to be called into the boardroom, remember to take long deep breaths, filling your lungs and slowly releasing to help calm your nerves. If you’re setting up for a telephone interview, you can take advantage of the calming and focusing effects of oxygen therapy. All this involves is taking deep breaths of oxygen-enriched air from a cylinder specifically designed for home use. People who have used the treatment have reported that it helped ease their stress levels and improved their focus on important tasks.
When the interview is over, don’t get hung up on what you could have said or what you should have mentioned. Just enjoy the rest of the day – go for dinner with friends or take the dog for a walk, but most importantly be satisfied that you did the best you could have during the interview.