Interview Prep Do’s and Don’ts
You may have the most impressive CV in the world and all the relevant skills and experience for the job that you want but if you don’t come across well in interview then you can scupper your chances of winning a role every time. Very few people now go into an interview situation ‘blind,’ as this usually results in an embarrassing experience and a disappointing response – preparing for an interview can be the difference between a great result and walking away with nothing.
Do research the business you’re interviewing with – this will enable you to tailor your answers to show the interviewer you understand their market position and what they are looking for in an employee. You should be able to talk about why you are suited to the industry and the role and this advanced research will be key to that.
Don’t ignore your CV when it comes to interview prep. This document will provide the basis for interviewer questions so make sure you know it inside out and that you can speak concisely and confidently about everything listed on it. What do you most want to highlight from it – make a short list of the key elements of the document for the role in question so that you can make sure you walk away having drawn attention to all your best bits.
Do research some common interview questions so that you know roughly how the format of the interview is likely to go. This could include your motivation, your experience, why you’re applying for the role in question, your future plans and what you see as your strengths and weaknesses. Think about how you would answer these questions in advance so that you have some answers prepared for most eventualities.
Don’t wait until the day itself to be in an interview situation. Try practicing with friends and family, or with willing colleagues, so that you get used to be asked questions and how to answer them. Try practicing taking a few moments to collect your thoughts before responding to a difficult question and ask for feedback from the people you’re practicing with on how you come across, as well as the body language you display.
Do prepare your own questions as this shows an informed candidate with a genuine interest in the company. You might want to ask about what kind of landmark projects the business has recently won or completed. Don’t be afraid to demonstrate what you’ve learned about the business when asking questions but avoid being overly familiar or trying to make jokes.
Interviewing well is the springboard to getting the job that you want. With these simple preparation tips you can walk into the interview room feeling calm and confident – and walk out with the job.