Preparing for a job interview can be extremely exciting yet nerve-racking. You’re eager but you’re also anxious. Never fear, this is all very normal and part of the experience. To help you know what to expect, here are a few tips on how to prepare for your job interview with confidence.
Do your research
Preparation is key with any job interview and will greatly increase your chances of performing well. The first thing you want to do when you’ve successfully nabbed an interview is to review the job you have applied for and do some additional research on the position and the company.Make sure you know the company’s products and services, size, locations, financial situations and growth potential. This way, you can answer all the questions accordingly and let your employer know that you have come prepared.
Plan your travel time ahead of your interview and arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time, which is said to be the ideal time to show up for a job interview. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable. Similarly, arriving too early might give off the wrong impression.
It is only natural that the nerves might kick in, but always remember to smile. Your smile is your primary form of body language and can play an important role in your success. What employers are searching for does not stop at a candidate’s qualifications, they also consider the candidates personality, enthusiasm and whether they will be a good match in the workplace.
Maintain good eye contact and positive body language
Maintaining good eye contact is very important as your eyes can convey your interest level, confidence and professionalism to the potential employer. Looking down and focusing on the table will instantly convey a lack of confidence and nervousness. How you sit will also determine your level of interest and enthusiasm, so sit still and avoid fidgeting.
Strengths & Weaknesses
Asking you to talk about your personal strengths and weaknesses is one of the most commonly-asked question in job interviews. Unfortunately, this is where many candidates will often make mistakes because most of them are either lacking a sense of self-awareness or they are too modest in their answers. Identify your strengths and weaknesses in advance and be prepared to discuss them in detail and give examples.
Have your questions prepared
Remember that an interview is never just one person talking. It is a two-way street. Asking relevant questions can demonstrate your analytical skills and assertiveness, and also gives you the opportunity to learn more about the position and company – which gives you some brownie points in showing interest and enthusiasm. Don’t forget to also ask about the next steps in the hiring process, so you are aware of what to expect when you walk out of the interview.
At the end of your interview, always take the time to say thank you. Not only is this good interview etiquette, it also shows your interest in the role and company. Job interviews aren’t easy and preparation is key. By following these simple tips, it may just give you the edge over other potential candidates.