So you have landed that interview, well done! Now what? You want to make sure you are prepared and ready to answer any questions they throw at you. Below are some tips to make sure you have as smooth an interview as possible.
1. Research the company
Plan possible questions and answers in advance. You are certain to be asked specific questions about the company, so make sure you've done your homework on things like their last year's profits and latest product launches. Also take a look at the latest developments in the industry so you can converse with confidence.
2. Be prepared and practice
Although there is no set format that every job interview will follow, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will crop up. You should prepare answers to some typical questions that crop up and run through why you think you would be suitable for the job. When the interview day comes, be punctual. Punctuality will reflect well on you. Remember to also incorporate information from your CV in your answers.
3. Look the part
Appearances shouldn't matter, but the plain fact is that you are often judged before you've even uttered a word. Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes fit correctly and that your accessories are subtle. However, take into consideration the industry as well.
4. Stay calm and focused
Good preparation is the key to staying in control. Plan your route, allowing extra time for any unexpected delays, and get everything you need to take with you ready the night before. Remember to speak clearly, smile and remember that your interviewers are just normal people, and they may be nervous too!
5. Ask questions
You should always prepare some questions for your interviewer to demonstrate your interest in the position. Prepare a minimum of five questions, some which will give you more information about the job, and some which delve deeper into the culture and goals of the company. Some potential questions are listed below.
• Can you tell me more about the company?
• Can you describe in more detail my area of responsibility?
• Is this post a new or existing one?
• What are the promotion prospects?
• Is there a clearly defined career path?
• Do you run any training schemes?
• What type of clients do you deal with?
Remember that on the day if you don't understand a question, ask for clarification. This is expected and is preferable to providing an unsuitable answer.