Job interviews can be nerve-wracking but with some vital prep, you’ll feel much better about them.
Here is our 10 Step Prep Plan for Your Job Interview Success
Make sure you know who you’re meeting with.
Check the person out on LinkedIn and do a general Google of them. You never know, they may have recently been promoted or only just moved to the company. Or you may have common interests or contacts in common.
Do you know where you’re going?
Don’t assume it’s the office address on the website. Double check and also ask if it’s easy to park or is the door easy to find. Google can help with this if you type the address in as you can view it on the street-map view and you can scroll around to see exactly where the door is.
Take a dry run if you can so you don’t panic on the day if traffic is bad or there’s been some hold up which is out of your control. I guarantee you’ll feel better about things if you have already found the office where your interview is before the interview day itself.
Read your CV. And then read it again. Know what you’ve written about yourself.
Type out and prepare some questions. Yes, some of your questions may end up being answered before you get a chance to ask so that is why you need a list of questions.
Two of your questions will definitely be ‘what are the next stages and when can I expect to hear from you?’
Print out a few copies of your CV on nice paper. Don’t assume the person or people you’re meeting will have a copy (don’t even assume they’ve spent ages reading it prior to your meeting either!)
Give a copy to each interviewer once you’ve sat down. This is a simple way to break the ice and give you a little control at the beginning of the meeting.
Do not rush your answers.
Even if you pause to construct your answer, that pause won’t actually be as long as you think it is.
And speak slightly slower than you normally do. Nerves and adrenalin come into play in interview situations so you will naturally tend to speak faster than normal, hence my advice to consciously slow down a little. You’ll feel more in control if you’re able to do this.
Eye contact should be natural. Imagine you’re talking with one of your good friends and this will help keep your eye contact natural without staring or making you or them feel uncomfortable.
I always say that interviews are exactly like any other business meeting except we call them interviews. I am sure if you lead or participate in business meetings, you can nail the interview if you remind yourself that you do these meetings and meet these types of people all the time.
Close the deal.
Ask what the next stages are and when you can expect to hear from them.
Feedback immediately to your recruiter. Always. Your recruiter is your advocate at this point so make sure they know what you’re thinking.
Extra special step:
Email to thank the people you interviewed with the day after your meeting. You would do this after a normal meeting with a client or customer so why treat this any differently?
Do all these steps and I am confident you will head into and deliver in your next interview in a more positive way.