6 THINGS TO REMEMBER IN AN INTERVIEW
Interviews are a scary and exciting process to embark on. Often we can over think things and get ourselves a little unnecessarily worked up … but interviews aren’t all that bad, in fact they can be fun, interesting and helpful too.
Before you walk into your next interview, remember these 6 things:
#1 YOU ARE INTERVIEWING THEM TOO
When it comes to interviews, more often than not people over panic, sweat it out, and feel anxious about the ‘trauma’ they are about to experience. This is mislead … yes an interview is a very important opportunity for you to showcase the best of you, your abilities and your passion (and therefore prep and top behaviour is key), but you aren’t the only interviewee in the room. The company and interviewer are also under interview and judgment … by you.
So when you’re prepping or going in for an interview, remember to prepare questions for the,, remember to gauge how you feel about the people, the team, the role and the culture, give feedback (if necessary) on your experience and first impressions to the recruiter or HR team.
Remembering this instantly helps relax you a little too.
#2 FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT
First impressions count, so plan ahead, be punctual, dress appropriately and show your best. If you rock up in trainers and a tee, then you don’t look very serious about the opportunity or the business, but if you show up with your CV (and portfolio if you have one) on you, a smart outfit and a well groomed appearance than you’ll definitely leave a good impression.
#3 KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
I truly believe this. The more you know, the more prepared you are, and the more informed you feel, the more confident, relaxed and ready you will feel, look and sound. Even spending one hour researching the role, the company and the people will leave you feeling far more ‘in the know’ and prepared than if you didn’t.
Understanding what you’re interviewing for, what the business is looking for, and what the type of candidate they want to hire is essential information to help you prepare.
#4 YOU ARE BRILLIANT
Yes you’re being interviewed, but you are brilliant, you are capable, able and passionate. You are an asset they need, they want and they need to hire. Having a little confidence can go along way in an interview … and If you’re trying to make someone believe in you, you have to believe in your self first.
# 5 COMFORT IS KEY
Don’t ever dress for an interview in something you feel uncomfortable in, or cannot walk in. it’s simply not worth it. Dress smart, but dress like you. Don’t over do it, or over think it … simple, chic and smart is all you need to do, and I’m sure most of us dress that way anyway. If you feel uncomfortable, you’ll come across uncomfortable. So don’t risk it.
#6 IT’S GOOD PRACTICE
This is actually one of the best pieces of advice I’ve been given, understanding that an interview is important, but actually if you don’t get the role the it’s just great practice, is such a good mentality to have in the back of your mind.
If you don’t get the job, that’s fine, you can take learning’s and improve so you can do a better job next time. Not only that, the more interviews you do, the more used to them you get, the less daunted you feel and the more confident you come.
So yes your nervous because you want the job. But just go for it, because if worst comes to worst, it was just great practice for the next one!