Prepare well and win
When it comes to interviews, practice makes perfect
YOU’VE g ot the int erview — great! That means your covering letter and CV stood out fr om the other candidat es’ and now it’s time t o pr epare f or your interview. Here are some interview tips to help y ou secur e that job . Research what your interviewers read Find out what they look for in a candidate and why they ask certain questions — you’re looking f or instructions specifically aimed at int erviewers. It’s important that you get inside the mind of an interviewer to understand what’s really r equired. Practise with a friend Ask a friend, who is also in the job market, to practise with you. Take turns to play the interviewer and interviewee to better under stand w hat is needed. You’ll be surprised ho w c omfortable you become answering interview questions. Know the questions that make you nervous If you’re nervous about answering questions about salary or why you left your last job, for example, it’s important that you work out how best to answer them and then practise them out loud again and again, until you’re no longer nervous about them. Morning interviews are often best Most people worry about the interview all da y if it’ s in the aft ernoon, w hich makes them incr easingly nerv ous. A morning int erview will help y ou s tay calm and c onfident. Know who your interviewer is This helps you figure out whether it’ll be a panel interview or you’ll be meeting with one or t wo people. It also gi ves you a chance to research your interviewers.
Forget about letters of While all y our let ters might look impressive to you, a c onscientious interviewer will w ant t o speak dir ectly t o your references and ask their own questions. Everyone knows letters of recommendation include only good things — nothing critical, w hich is of lit tle use to the interviewer. Only provide references and contact information if the interviewer ask s. Don’t stress about the interview afterwards You could drive yourself crazy thinking about e verything y ou said, w hat y ou didn’t say or what you should have said. Stop secondguessing yourself and let it be. If you haven’t heard back from the interviewer in a week or two, follow up, but don’ t d well on it. — Careers24.
The mo st important aspec t o f any job int erview is that y ou’re pr epared. Practise f or the int erview with a friend b y taking turns t o pl ay the interviewer and int erviewee, t o be tter under stand what is needed.