8 ways to impress at your next interview
First of all – well done for getting through to interview stage. Candidates at this stage have usually demonstrated they not only have the skills and academic history that suit the role, but also the ability to communicate those talents clearly. Now all you have to do is be yourself in person. Well, that is not the only thing you need to do, but it is a start.
Here are some key tips to help you through your next job interview, so you get the job you want.
Research the company
Knowing the colours of a company logo, and that you have seen their ads on television, is not going to instil confidence in your potential employer. If you have come this far, you probably already know more than that about them, but it pays to brush up on the company’s latest news, their direct competitors, and how their values meet yours.
Review the job description
What are the main objectives of the role? How do your skills, achievements and academic history highlight your ability to meet them? If you can answer these questions concisely, you will not only feel more relaxed while answering them, but you will also impress those interviewing you with your eloquence.
Take your time responding
Being the subject of an interview can be a nerve-wracking experience – if only performance anxiety was exclusive to stage performers! A common response is to rush your answers. Instead, if you notice you are rushing and feeling a little panicked, take a second to have a sip of water, take a deep breath and think back to the preparation you have done.
Smile (and communicate non-verbally)
It is important to look and act engaged throughout your interview. Crossing your arms and looking at the ceiling does not show your interviewers that you are interested in being there. So smile when you greet them, and if suitable, when you are responding to certain questions. Maintaining eye contact, nodding and sitting comfortably but upright in your chair are other ways you can show interest.
Pay attention to personal grooming
You should be aiming to impress your interviewers in every way possible, and your appearance will be the first impression they make of you. So it is important that you pay attention to how you present yourself. We would suggest you wear clothes that match the business you are applying to.
Arrive on time
Or even a little bit early. Nothing says ‘keen’ like a candidate who looks sharp and is early for an interview. Not only does being early mean you can relax and get used to the environment you are in, but it also allows a little room for being late because of traffic or train delays.
Prepare one or two questions for your interviewers
You will be answering the majority of questions in your interview, but one question which usually gets a cold response is, ‘Do you have any questions for us?’ Have one or two questions prepared, or better still, find one that you are genuinely curious about, during the interview.
End on a positive note
If you have enjoyed meeting your interviewers, and have enjoyed the experience, make sure you say so! If you are asked whether you have any further comments or questions, mention that you are keen to take the job, and that you hope to hear from them soon. Chances are, you will!